ASCOT United’s cup hero David Pitt has thanked the club for helping him along the path to reach international level, writes Dave Wright.

“I wouldn’t be where I am without them,” he said.

Pitt scored the opening goal in the Yellamen’s 2-0 win over Brimscombe & Thrupp in the Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup final last Thursday, just seven minutes after coming off the substitutes bench.

It completed a good few weeks for the striker, who last month broke into the St Vincent and the Grenadines squad.

He played 64 minutes when they were beaten 3-2 at home World Cup qualifier by Trinidad and Tobago, who were skippered by former Premier League star, Kenwyne Jones.

Then he was an unused substitute when his side were beaten 6-0 in the return match four days later in front of a crowd of more than 10,000 in Port of Spain.

Now Pitt is hoping to retain his place in the squad for their Caribbean Cup qualifiers against Suriname and St Kitts & Nevis which both take place in early June, as well as their next World Cup qualifiers against United States and Guatemala in September.

“If we get through them (the Caribbean qualifiers) and qualify for the (Concacaf) Gold Cup we could play one of the South American sides, such as Brazil, Uruguay, Peru and Colombia, said Pitt.

“I am looking forward to being involved as they will be big occasions for my country.”

Pitt – who was an apprentice with Brentford before going on to play in several countries including Cyprus, Romania, Albania and Greece – has been dogged this season with a hamstring injury that has often forced Ascot manager Jeff Lamb to leave the player on the subs bench.

But he has often come up trumps by scoring vital goals, and he finished the season as Ascot’s joint second highest scorer with 16 goals, which included a hat-trick against Brackley Town Saints earlier this month.

And Pitt came up trumps again last Thursday with his goal against Brimscombe.

“I was pleased to score as I know winning cups means so much to the club,” he told the News after collecting his cup winners’ medal.

“It is important for me to thank the management, my team-mates and the fans, as without them I wouldn’t be where I am today.

“I have been trying to get back from injury and play games, and Ascot have been good to me. I would have liked to have started tonight but I respect the manager’s decision.

“I hope to be in my country’s team to play the USA and Guatamala and then after that I will be ready to play for Ascot next season.”