Pint-sized Raith striker delighted with derby header

Lewis Vaughan holds off Cowdenbeath's Iain Campbell. Pic: Fife Photo Agency
Lewis Vaughan holds off Cowdenbeath's Iain Campbell. Pic: Fife Photo Agency

Lewis Vaughan showed that height isn’t everything as he notched his first goal of the season on Saturday.

Despite being one of the smallest players on the park, the 18-year-old Raith Rovers striker scored a fantastic back post header in the 3-1 win over Cowdenbeath.

“I’m not known for my headers but I’ll take it,” he told the Press.

“I’m not the tallest but I try my best in the air. If the ball is there to be won I’ll try win it.

“Height or strength doesn’t really come into it for me. I just put a shift in.”

Vaughan’s goal helped Rovers get back on track after consecutive 4-0 defeats against Hearts and Dundee.

“It’s a bonus to score a goal but the most important thing is we got the three points,” he said.

“The boys were down after the two defeats but in football there’s always the next game to look forward to so we put that past us.

“We’ve now picked up nine points out of 12 in the first four games, which is brilliant.”

Vaughan is contracted to the Kirkcaldy club until 2016 and is hoping to make a big impact in the first team this season.

“The gaffer has given me a chance in the last few games so hopefully I can take it and keep playing,” he said.

“The longest run I had in the team last season was three games so hopefully now that I’m a year older and a bit more experienced I’ll get a longer run.”

Vaughan was used as a late substitute against Hearts recently and he hopes to see more action against Rangers next Friday.

“It would be a brilliant game to play in, but that’s up to the gaffer,” he said.

“The big games are what everyone wants to play in.

“Against Hearts it didn’t go to plan, but we won’t be afraid of any team coming to Stark’s Park.

“We’ve won nine points out of 12 so why should we be afraid of someone coming to our pitch?

“It’s up to them to try and stop us playing.”

Saturday was assistant manager Paul Smith’s last game, and Vaughan added: “I’m gutted for Smudger.

“He’s a great guy with lots of experience and he’s been a great help to me.

“He’s always in your ear keeping you sharp.”