Ranked! The 11 best non-league goals of all time
The English non-league rarely delivers the kind of beautiful football worthy of the world’s top divisions, but every once in a while players at this level can show the pros how it’s done and produce something truly special.
From Roberto Carlos-esque free-kicks to finishes that Zlatan Ibrahimovic would be proud of, these are the best goals ever scored in English football outside of the top four divisions...
11. Joe Lolley (Kidderminster Harriers vs Halifax Town)
Joe Lolley is currently on the books at Huddersfield Town, and it’s easy to see how he found his way into the upper echelons of English football when re-watching the beauty he netted for Kidderminster during their 2-0 win against Halifax in 2013.
The midfielder collected a long ball on the right wing, cut inside and fired a curler into the top corner from 25 yards, leaving Halifax goalkeeper Matt Glennon with no chance whatsoever.
10. Glen Little (Dulwich Hamlet vs Wealdstone)
Although ex-Reading man Glen Little’s Premier League days were long behind him when he lined up for Wealdstone in their Isthmian League Premier Division clash at Dulwich Hamlet in 2013, he showed quality worthy of the top flight with a stunning solo goal straight out of Maradona’s playbook.
Gaining possession just outside of his own penalty area, a Little went a long way that day, running the length of the pitch and swerving several challenges before capping the move with a delectable chip from inside the box.
9. Luisma Villa (Barnet vs Cambridge United)
The only thing more astonishing than the presence of Dutch legend Edgar Davids in Barnet’s starting XI was the Luisma Villa strike that inspired their comeback against Cambridge in the Conference Premier.
With the hosts trailing 2-0, Spaniard Villa collected a through-ball from player-manager Davids and shot first time, curling his strike straight into the top corner. Buoyed by Villa’s moment of magic, Barnet went on to snatch a point in a 2-2 draw.
8. Steve McNulty (Luton Town vs Southport)
A dipping, 30-yard volley from the iconic Steve McNulty put Luton on course for a 3-0 win over Southport during their Conference Premier title-winning season of 2013/14.
With the scoreline at 0-0, the veteran defender – marvelled at for his... let's say hefty frame – met a headed clearance with a sensational first-time strike from 25 yards that left the net bulging and Southport goalkeeper Danny Hurt grasping at air.