Better late than never for Pilgrims debutant Hilliard

Lewis Hilliard with Dennis Greene.
Lewis Hilliard with Dennis Greene.

Lewis Hilliard believes his Boston United career will be a case of better late than never after finally giving in to manager Dennis Greene.

The 25-year-old found the back of the net just three minutes into his Pilgrims debut to consolidate a 4-0 victory over Stockport County.

And afterwards the midfielder contemplated what might have been, having previously turned down Greene’s advances.

“I played under Dennis before at St Neots, and he’s been on my case for about a year,” explained Hilliard, who turned down the Pilgrims to begin the season with St Albans City.

“I rejected him once to go to the Conference South, but that didn’t work out.

“I probably should have come here at the start of the season, but hopefully we can crack on from here.”

After leaving St Albans and also having a spell at Biggleswade Town, Hilliard now finds himself at a club fifth in the National League North and with serious ambitions of promotion.

Hilliard is adamant that the Pilgrims’ position is something to revel in, rather than fear.

He added: “It’s exciting. There’s no pressure, we’re expected to be up there.”

And reflecting upon his debut goal, where he forced home a Kaine Felix cross, the midfielder added: “I didn’t think (I’d score) at all.

“I thought I’d just come on and see the game out.

“I just didn’t want to miss. All I wanted was a good connection. I was happy to be in the right place at the right time.”

Meanwhile, keeper Sam Vince has returned to the Pilgrims fold.

The young stopper was on the bench for Saturday’s victory over Stockport, after spending the first half of the season on loan at Lincoln United.