SCOTT Fenwick admits he has experienced a “massive” learning curve since turning pro with Hartlepool United.
The 24-year-old was prolific in non-league circles before then manager Paul Murray took the plunge and offered him a contract at the struggling Sky Bet League Two club.
He scored on his full debut in the 3-1 home defeat to York City but has drifted in and out of the side since.
New manager Ronnie Moore gave a him a “rollicking” at training last week and Fenwick responded by opening the scoring in the 2-0 win over Cheltenham Town on Saturday.
It was the club’s first win in 13 league games and Fenwick’s first since he joined the club.
The former Dunston UTS star admits it has been a steep learning curve since leaving his job as a civil engineer to turn professional, especially given Pools are seven points adrift of safety.
“It has been mixed emotions for me since stepping up to become a professional,” Fenwick told SportMail.
“I have experienced a massive learning curve, mentally more than anything else.
“When times are tough it is about how you deal with it and pick yourself up.
“I have been thrown in at the deep end in some ways. I am a young lad but need to learn my role and improve my game straight away – and make sure I keep delivering.
“The game against Cheltenham was great – those are the types of game I really enjoy.
“To go away with a clean sheet, a goal and the win was perfect and that is what I want to be doing every week.
“This is still a dream job for me,” added the former Northern League star.
Fenwick had scored 15 times for Dunston before joining Pools and has previously enjoyed spells at the academies of the North-East’s big three, Newcastle, Sunderland and Boro.
His time there taught him to be in the “right place at the right time”.
It is no surprise, therefore, that both of his goals for Pools have come inside the six-yard box.
Fenwick, who also had one attempt cleared off the line in the second-half, added: “Thinking back to the other chances [against Cheltenham] I was disappointed to have not scored three goals.
“I had a decent education at the academies growing up and it is about being in the right place at the right time.
“That little bit of movement in the box, you can lose the defender and find yourself with a tap in.”
He also enjoys having a good old fashioned scrap with the back four and left Victoria Park sporting a shiner on his left cheek and a bruised hip at the weekend.
All part of a day’s work for Fenwick though.
Geordie Fenwick added: “I enjoy the battle with a defence – and I will battle with anyone.
“I was taught from a young age to get inside the centre-half’s head.
“He is then always wondering where you are and, to be fair, I will take a fight with anyone on the pitch.”