FC CLACTON midfielder Harry McDonald is relishing the added responsibility of scoring more goals this season.

The 20-year-old notched his fourth and fifth of the season in Friday's impressive 3-1 victory at Hadleigh United, in the Thurlow Nunn League.

It followed previous strikes against Whitton United, Redbridge in the FA Vase and Little Oakley in the Tolleshunt D'Arcy Memorial Cup.

And despite only being in late September, he is already well on his way to eclipsing last season's final tally of eight in all competitions.

McDonald has made a conscious effort to chip in with more goals and said: "On a personal note, I've been very pleased.

"I've scored a few and should have even more, because I've missed other chances.

"I definitely want to score more this season.

"It's an area I knew I needed to improve on, because I didn't contribute enough last season.

"Karl (Andrade) and Hampy (Adam Hampson) were so instrumental in that department but now they're gone I feel more responsibility to chip in.

"It's not a pressure - it's something I really want to do.

"And aside from the goals, I feel like I've had more shots and got into more advanced positions.

"Last season I finished in single figures. Hopefully this time I can get double digits."

Clacton host Walsham-le-Willows on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

It will be only their seventh premier division fixture after a busy first couple of months dominated by FA Cup, Vase and Essex Senior Cup fixtures.

"We haven't really got going in the league yet," added McDonald.

"It's not been our fault - we've had a lot of cup matches - but that's why it was such a massive victory last week.

"It felt really good to play on a Friday night.

"Personally, I love playing under the lights and it's good to have more free time over the weekend."