Boston United fans were treated to goals galore this season as Dennis Greene’s Pilgrims found the onion bag 100 times in their 48 competitive matches.
A total of 85 of those finishes came in the Skrill North, meaning United were the division’s third most potent side, with just Altrincham (95) and Hednesford Town (87) celebrating more goals.
But which of those finishes really stood out this season? Here, Boston Standard sports editor Duncan Browne picks his top 20 goals from the Pilgrims’ season...
20 - RICKY MILLER v Gainsborough Trinity (The Northolme, 12-11-13)
The Pilgrims’ leading scorer settled the Lincolnshire derby at the Northolme with a goal which mixed athleticism and clever finishing. Miller was given a sight of goal when he was aided by former Boston defender Tom Ward’s slip. But He still had plenty to do, charging goalwards down the left before slotting his strike beyond Phil Barnes.
19 - MARC NEWSHAM v Gainsborough Trinity (York Street, 01-02-14)
Newsham showed his true instinct as a goal poacher when he bagged his first league hat-trick for United against county rivals - and his former club - Trinity at York Street. The forward’s first of the afternoon was the pick of bunch. He connected with Conor Marshall’s low cross at the near post and expertly squeezed his effort home between keeper and post.
18 - SPENCER WEIR-DALEY v Stalybridge Celtic (York Street, 12-04-14)
Weir-Daley’s first entry into our top 20 was the goal which evidently turned the contest at home to Stalybridge Celtic. With the scores locked at 1-1, the striker latched onto Stefan Galinski’s long punt. Using his body strength to shrug off his marker, Weir-Daley cleverly used the spin on the ball to dispatch a low left footer which beat Jack Cookson from a tight angle.
17 - RYAN SEMPLE v Workington (York Street, 07-01-14)
The winger marked his return to York Street with a debut goal against struggling Workington. With the scores level at 3-3 it was a moment of bravery which settled the contest, Semple taking a punt on Scott Garner’s flick on and just getting to the ball and prodding home before being clattered by the onrushing keeper.
16 - SPENCER WEIR-DALEY v Histon (Glass World Stadium, 04-02-14)
After a seven-game absence through injury, Weir-Daley was making just his second substitute appearance of his comeback when he reminded his fans excatly what he can do. Running on to a cross-field pass, the forward corrected his run before smashing aa low 20-yard drive home with his first touch.
15 - JAMIE MCGHEE v Brackley (York Street, 08-02-14)
McGhee’s first goal since joining Boston United was more about precision than power. The attacker coolly placed a low 20-yard free kick round the Brackley wall and - with just enough pace - beyond Billy Turley’s fingertips.
14 - ZAK MILLS v Colwyn Bay (Red Lion Foods Stadium, 08-04-14)
Another debut goal, this time from right back Mills. Deep into time added on, the Pilgrims were trailing 3-2 in north Wales. But the new signing clawed back a point with a strike from the edge of the Seagulls’ penalty area.
13 - MARC NEWSHAM v AFC Telford United (New Bucks Head, 28-12-14)
After all the hype, the question marks and the frustrating saves the wait was over. Newsham grabbed his 100th goal for the Pilgrims in typical Newsham style. Running on to Liam Marrs’ through ball he expertly dinked his effort over the sprawling Ryan Young (pictured).
12 - BEN MILNES v Hednesford Town (York Street, 01-03-14)
Ben Milnes scored all four of his Pilgrims goals from the bench this season. One of those came against the Pitmen when he collected the ball on the edge of the penalty area and rifled home a swerving drive.
11 - CARL PIERGIANNI v Southport (Haig Avenue, 30-11-13)
Defender Piergianni scored five times for United this season, and his header which dumped Skrill Premier Southport out of the FA Trophy was the pick of the bunch. Charging towards the front post to connect with Ian Ross’ free kick, the centre back expertly twisted his head and neck to nod the ball home from an acute angle (pictured).
10 - BEN MILNES v Stalybridge Celtic (York Street, 12-04-14)
Another one from the bench. Another powerful strike. Milnes had already beaten Jack Cookson in this contest before he netted a second time. Connecting with Ross’ pass, Milnes had to show pace and quick feet to shrug off his marker before unleashing a drive too powerful for the Celtic keeper to handle.
9 - SPENCER WEIR-DALEY v Stockport (Edgeley Park, 17-08-13)
Weir-Daley’s best goal of the season came on the opening day of the Skrill North campaign. Away at Stockport, the striker had to steady himself, hold off his opponent and then acrobatically launch himself at the bouncing ball to find the net.
8 - MARC NEWSHAM v Vauxhall Motors (Rivacre Park, 07-09-14)
‘He doesn’t score many from outside the box’. That is the one comment which seems to follow Newsham around, and it certainly explains why his manager nicknamed him ‘Sniffer’. But at Rivacre Park, Newsham broke the mould. On the edge of the penalty area he crashed home a sweet volley at the death to earn a 2-2 draw, a goal which Newsham describes as one of the most memorable of his career.
7 - JUNIOR KONADU v Stalybridge Celtic (York Street, 12-04-14)
After completing his Boston United debut, Konadu told The Standard he wasn’t much of a goalscorer, but he had been ‘down the park, practising with my left foot’. Well, they say practice makes perfect - and the midfielder certainly looked the part with this finish against Stalybridge. Picking up the ball just inside the Celtic half he twisted, turned and breezed beyond two opponents before dispatching a low left footer into the bottom corner of the net from the edge of the penalty area.
6 - BEN FAIRCLOUGH v Stalybridge Celtic (Bower Fold, 21-12-14)
Fairclough only managed to find the net once in a frustrating campaign for the forward. But it was certainly one for the scrapbook. Away at Stalybridge, he picked up the ball 25 yards from goal and smashed a rising strike into the top corner with devastating precision.
5 - IAN ROSS v Gloucester City (Whaddon Road, 21-09-13)
The 3-1 victory at Gloucester City in September was Ian Ross’ day. With Boston trailing 1-0, the captain marked his 100th appearance for the club by winning posession 25 yards from goal and beating Mike Green with a thunderbolt which hit the inside of the Gloucester post and ran across the goal before crossing the line.
4 - LIAM AGNEW v Gloucester City (York Street, 29-03-14)
The on-loan Sunderland lad arrived at York Street to get his first taste of senior football. And within a couple of matches he was looking like a natural. The pick of his two goals for the club was a 30-yard angled screamer against Gloucester City.
3 - RICKY MILLER v Solihull Moors (York Street, 05-04-14)
I doubt you’ll ever see a cleaner hit at York Street. There was a touch of the Marco Van Basten’s about the Pilgrims forward’s finish. Connecting with Carl Piergianni’s flick on from Ryan Semple’s corner deep into the Moors penalty area, he swivelled his body round to powerfully and acrobatically volley across goal and beyond Jaz Singh.
2 - RICKY MILLER v Vauxhall Motors (York Street, 04-01-14)
While Miller’s entry at number three was opportunistic brilliance, the best of his 28 goals this term came against Vauxhall Motors... and had a bit of everything. Picking the ball up just inside the Motors half, he had to use his smarts to twist beyond and outsprint three opponents on the boggy pitch. But the hard work was still far from over, two more touches and an inch-perfect brazen lob saw the ball nestle in the net. It was absolute class and enough to win goal of the season pretty much any other year. But this year, Miller’s effort came up against this...
1 - PETER BORE v AFC Telford United (York Street, 20-08-13)
Bore’s time with the club was fleeting, but he left a lasting memory for the fans with one tremendous goal. In United’s first home league game of the season they trailed 1-0 to the Bucks when Bore collected the ball 40 yards from goal, steadied himself and powered home a jaw-dropping strike which had swerve, dip, pace and momentum to beat Ryan Young. Sheer, amazing brilliance.