BROWNE ON THE BALL: After bagging 10 goals before Halloween, Dayle Southwell remains fiendishly good for Boston United

Dayle Southwell.
Dayle Southwell.

It’s not even Halloween and Dayle Southwell has scored 10 league goals for Boston United. Talk about scary.

Given the time of the year, the irony is not lost on me that the Pilgrims’ leading marksman reached double figures by ghosting into space at New Bucks Head and slotting home Jordan Richards’ low pass from the byline.

Unlike Vampires, Southwell isn’t afraid of crosses, it seems.

And although these spooky jokes are already becoming a bit laboured, you have to admit that Southwell’s scoring record in this division, since joining from Grimsby Town in the summer of 2014, has been fiendishly good.

In total, he has bagged 40 goals in 65 appearances for the Pilgrims as he continues to put the frighteners into the hearts of opposing defenders.

Thirty of those goals came in 44 starts and four appearances from the bench last season.

It has taken just 17 competitive matches - 15 in the league, where all his goals have arrived so far - for the marksman to reach 10 for the current campaign.

You might be amazed to learn that Southwell actually took one game less - just 16 matches - to reach double figures last term.

You may be less amazed if I told you that he reached the landmark by bagging a hat-trick against whipping boys Hyde - but hey, you can only beat what’s in front of you and they all count, don’t they?

But the fact of the matter is that Southwell remains consistently good at kicking the pig’s bladder into the onion bag.

And no matter how simply you describe it, doing so in a competitive game of football - leaving your makers for dead as if they were particularly slow zombies - is not an easy thing to do.

United still have a minimum of 29 games to go this season and, if talk from the dressing room is to be believed, there remains a confidence that this squad is about to start rapidly moving up from third gear.

If Southwell can remain fit (or relatively fit, remembering the damage he did to rivals last season while in desperate need of an operation) then there is no reason why he couldn’t end the campaign by sinking his teeth into the hat-trick he desires - promotion, the National League North’s golden boot and an England C perormance.

When the likes of Kaine Felix and Jay Rollins can rise from the dead once again, expect even more service to come Southwell’s way.

Halloween or not, if that happens then plenty of National League North defences are going to be in grave danger.