Dayle won’t fail! Southwell tipped to succeed for Boston United

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Boston United manager Dennis Greene believes that summer signing Dayle Southwell can score the goals which will fire the Pilgrims to glory.

The striker netted five times in the Pilgrims’ opening six Vanarama North contests.

And that has led the manager to compare the forward’s return to that of Ricky Miller, who scored 28 times for Boston last year.

“Ricky got six league goals up to Christmas last year and Dayle’s now got five and we’ve barely started the second month of the season,” the manager said.

With Marc Newsham and Jamie McGhee suffering injuries and David Fallah and Kaine Felix still finding their feet in this division, Greene admits he would still like a forward to complement Southwell in attack, even if he is pleased with his forward’s return to date.

Pilgrims midfielder Conor Marshall rose through the Grimsby Town youth ranks alongside Southwell.

“I knew Dayle would come in and score goals, that’s all he’s ever done since the age of 11,” Marshall said.

“I’ve played with Dayle and he’s a great goalscorer and he’s always known how to put the ball in the back of the net.

“And that’s what he’s doing for us.”

United captain Scott Garner was another who expected good things from Southwell, as well as Marshall, having also been on the Mariners’ books.

He added: “They were first year pros just coming into it really, but you could see they had talent.

“Dayle’s finishing - even the manager at Grimsby said he was a top finisher.

“And it’s coming through for us now.

“You want your strikers to take the penalties and get the goals.”