Epic Dayle! Southwell says five-star Pilgrims are ‘enjoying playing’ at home

Dayle Southwell.
Dayle Southwell.

Dayle Southwell smashed home his second hat-trick of the season as Boston United came back from an early scare to beat Harrogate Town 5-2.

“We’re scoring so freely at home and everyone’s enjoying playing,” said the former Grimsby Town striker, who recently delighted Pilgrims fans by signing a contract extension at the club.

Southwell took his season’s tally to 23 as the Pilgrims scored five goals at home for the fifth time in six matches at the Jakemans Stadium.

And as he clutched the matchball and man-of-the-match bottle of champagne, the forward added: “I was always going to sign and I’m delighted to get it sorted for next season.

“Hopefully, we can kick on now and get the play-offs this season.”

Southwell, who had turned down an initial contract offer from the club, penned a deal after manager Dennis Greene announced that the striker had been given a deadline to decide his future.

Greene didn’t want to find himself in another summer-long game of cat-and-mouse, similar to the one which saw Ricky Miller join Luton Town last year.

“To be honest I wasn’t too pleased with the way it was handled,” admitted Southwell.

“I’d rather it hadn’t gone public.”

But no matter what Southwell’s thoughts on the matter were, the striker has put them firmly to the back of his mind - evident following another stunning display which saw him grab a second matchball to add to the one he claimed against Hyde earlier in the campaign.

But Boston didn’t have things all their own way.

Indeed, Harrogate, who had never been beaten at the Jakemans Stadium before, took a 2-0 lead within five minutes as Louie Swain beat debutant keeper Max Stryjek at his near post and Paul Clayton doubled the advantage with a glancing header.

But by the game’s 28th minute the contest had been turned on its head.

Southwell gave Boston some hope as he slotted home a low cross following good work down the flank from Kaine Felix.

And the winger then teed up Mark Jones, who pulled United level by forcing the ball over the line with his chest.

Jones took his tally to eight goals in as many games when he rounded off a breakaway move to give the Pilgrims a half-time lead.

But after the break it was Southwell who added two further goals.

His second of the day was prodded home from close range after Peter Crook could only parry Carl Piergianni’s header, and his sedcond was the pick of the bunch - a neat lob from a tight angle.