After reaching 100 appearances, Garner wants to add promotion to his Boston United CV

Belshaw saves.
Belshaw saves.

Scott Garner wants to chalk up another 100 appearances for Boston United - but first he wants a Pilgrims promotion on his CV.

The Boston United captain and teammate Carl Piergianni both reached their 100-match milestones for the club during Monday’s 1-1 draw with Tamworth.

Dayle Southwell.

Dayle Southwell.

And Garner believes that what manager Dennis Greene described as ‘the best performance of the season so far’ can be a stepping stone to Boston forcing their way out of the National League North.

“We know the ability we’ve got,” Garner said.

“If we kick on from today then it could be the start of our season.

“We can really kick on, get some points on the board and see what happens.”

After chalking up 100 games, Garner’s now setting his sights on doubling that tally to 200.

When asked if that’s his next aim he said: “Definitely, I want to keep chalking them up as quickly as possible.”

Piergianni, who left with the man of the match champagne, described his past two seasons with United as a pleasure - also adding some kind words about his teammate.

“I’ve learnt stuff playing alongside Garns and it’s been an absolute pleasure playing with this club alongside him,” hje told The Standard.

Garner and Piergianni both reached 100 appearances out of a possible 106 competitive matches.

And when the pair were both back in the starting XI and back in their most commanding positions, it showed on the pitch.

Piergiani, back from suspension, teamed up with Lionel Stone in the heart of defence, allowing Garner to return to midfield.

And were it not for a superb display from Lambs keeper James Belshaw, Boston would surely have taken all three points.

Dayle Southwell handed United a 41st minute lead as he latched onto Mark Jones’ pass and fired an angled strike which found the net via the hand of the Tamworth keeper.

But the away side were level 44 seconds from the re-start as Ross Dyer stabbed home a loose ball in the Pilgrims penalty area.

It was the hosts who had the better of the chances with Belshaw denying the in-form Southwell a number of times - most notably tipping a close-range header onto his crossbar.

And when Jones tried his luck he was met with a familiar outcome, another fine stop to power the ball over the crossbar.

On the opther occasion Southwell did get the better of Belshaw his low strike nestled in the side netting.

Kaine Felix - back from injury - also went close as his goalbound effort was deflected off target.

Tamworth’s best chances came before both goals, with Dyer forcing a header over Jason Alexander’s bar and former Pilgrim Shane Clarke unable to divert goalwards as he stretched for a low cross in the hosts’ area.

However, as United turned the screw, Belshaw’s brilliance was enough for a point.

UNITED: Alexander, Marrs, Roberts, Stone, Garner, Piergianni, Felix, Dixon, Southwell, Jones, Rollins; Subs (not used): Dowie, Limb, Friend, Deacey, Deen-Conteh.

TAMWORTH: Belshaw, Burns, Strong, Taylor (Hubbins 72), Tomassen, Preston, Durrell, Clarke, Dyer, Green, Newton (Morrell 80); Subs (not used): Warlow, Wilkins, Davies.

Ref: Declan Ford.

Att: 1,187 (74).