The striker opened the scoring on the half hour mark with a smart finish from inside the box after a melee had ensured.

The Robins then conceded two in quick succession after half-time to fall behind, but Cooper-Clark pounced on a defensive error to ensure the opening game of the season would not end in defeat.

Carpenter, pictured right, was quick to praise his striker, insisting he is good enough to produce performances of that calibre in every game.

“The performance from Shane was the biggest positive for me,” said the Robins boss.

“I had a chat with him before the game and, as I’ve said before, he can be as good as he wants to be if he is confident enough.

“We’ve lost about 30 goals from the team last season and I’ve not had much luck in bringing strikers in, so it’s great to see Shane step up.

“I told him beforehand he drops so deep at times that he then has to make up ground when the ball gets delivered into the box.

“I told him to stay in the six yard box and it was really pleasing to see him get two goals.

“His first was a very good finish and, although he had a bit of luck with the second when the defender missed it, he still had to be there and instictively stuck it away.”