NOAH Chilvers admits he has set the bar high for himself after scoring his first professional goal in spectacular style.

The Colchester United midfielder scored a magnificent long-range strike in his side’s 1-1 draw at Barrow, to bag his senior goal for the club.

The 19-year-old was delighted to get off the mark in such style – and is hoping plenty more goals will now follow, this season.

Chilvers said: “I’ve scored a few goals like that for the under-18s and things like that but I’m buzzing to do it in professional football.

“I’ve set the bar quite high now!

“But to be fair, I don’t really care how the goals come – getting a tap-in would probably be just as nice.

“It was one of those where you strike it so cleanly, you think ‘it’s got to go in’.

“The keeper did get quite close and I was thinking ‘oh no, surely not’ but I was buzzing when it went in.

“I’m happy to have got off the mark in my professional career and for the season - hopefully, there’s more to come.

“The gaffer wants me to get some goals and get assists, so that’s what I’m going to try and do.

“He wants at least ten goals from me this season and it’s good to have a head coach that believes in you and says things like that.

“It’s a goal of mine to get as many goals as I can this season and help the team.”

Chilvers’ first-half wonder strike put Colchester in command, at the Progression Solicitors Stadium.

But Mike Jones’ magnificent long-range strike levelled things up early in the second half and that was the way it stayed, to leave the U’s unbeaten in their opening three games in League Two.

“An away point in the Football League is a good point,” added Chilvers, who has started all three of Colchester’s league games this season.

“We’ve come a long way with the long trip so we’ll take the point.

“Even though we were winning at half-time, we came in a bit disappointed with how we played.

“I thought we started the second half quite well but they grew into it and they kept coming back at us.

“He (Mike Jones) has done a lovely strike as well, to be fair to him – it was a great goal.

“We rode the storm at times when we had to and we looked dangerous on the break, too.

“We could have scored more so I think it was an even game overall.

“The chances came and on another day, we take them and get the win.

“But the main thing is that we’re creating the chances and it will come.

“We know we can do much better as a team and as individuals.

“But we take a point – we’re still unbeaten and it’s a good start to the season.”