Date: 15th August 2013 at 10:37am
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Last season, Gavin Massey was one of the shining lights for the U’s as the youngster matured into a consistent first-team performer and one of the first names on the teamsheet.

Having signed on a permanent deal from Watford back in August that meant he missed the U’s first three games of the season, Massey, who remains just twenty-years-old, featured in every U’s game he was available for, missing three through suspension.

Over the course of the campaign the youngster put in a succession of shifts for the side, increasingly tracking back defensively as well as proving a livewire in the attacking third of the pitch.

Massey began life as an out-and-out striker, and despite playing on the flank of a front three these days for the U’s, he eventually chipped in with six goals including the vital opener in the end-of-season clincher at Carlisle.

Last weekend saw Massey open his account for the new season in just the second game and, having missed a hatful of chances for more, he admitted to the official site he was pleased to be off the mark.

‘It was a striker’s finish for me to be there at the right time to get the goal,’ he said. ‘You wonder when you’ll break you duck and I’d be happy with a goal every three or four games.

‘I could have scored a couple more but I’m pleased to be going – you don’t want a goal drought and I started slowly last season.’

The U’s were looking extremely lively going forward last weekend, with a front four of Freddie Sears, Sanchez Watt and Massey surrounding Jabo Ibehre making the most of clever movement and pace to keep the Port Vale backline on their toes.

And, for large spells of the game, the Vale defence couldn’t cope with the U’s movement as Joe Dunne’s side carved open chance after chance to get the opening goal.

But Massey believes this is something U’s fans could get used to. He explained: ‘With our pace and attacking quality we can open up teams and we did that, making plenty of opportunities.

‘We’re creating bundles of chances with Sanchez and Freddie – there is no doubt we will score goals this year but we have to be patient, we can’t get frustrated and let the chances get to us.

‘We have a home win under our belt and hopefully we can kick on, we wanted to show our fans what we’re about.’

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