Garner to retain striker’s role against Nottingham Forest

Scott Garner.
Scott Garner.

Scott Garner has proved that he has what it takes to be reborn as Boston United’s target man.

That is the opinion of Pilgrims boss Dennis Greene.

The club captain was used as an emergency forward last season, late in contests where United found themselves chasing the game.

But Garner has begun all three of Boston’s pre-season matches to date in an attacking role, and Greene thinks that if his performances continue to impress then he could be there to stay, especially as Marc Newsham remains sidelined with a knee injury.

“Garns up front is exceptional.,” Greene told The Standard.

“His hold-up play’s good and he’s even trying to roast some fellow out on the wing.

“It’s taking shape nicely, and as the lads get their fitness back they’re looking brighter on the ball.”

With Carl Piergianni, Stefan Galinski, Conor Marshall and Zak Mills all able to play in a central defensive role, and new signing Duran Reynolds and trialist Karlton Watson also looking solid in that position, Greene believes he now has a defensive line strong enough to allow Garner to express himself up top.

He added: “The good thing is that we have the option that if we left him out now we’re still strong at the back.

“At times last year we couldn’t afford not to have him there.

“If he keeps playing as well as he is it’s a tough decision. He’s looking a real threat and he’s looking like he could make something happen for us.

“He’s working his socks off and he’s doing as much as any other target man.”

Garner is expected to appear up front for the Pilgrims at some stage tonight as they host a Nottingham Forest XI at York Street (KO 7.30pm).

However, Greene says he is likely to start with 11 of the substitutes who arrived on the pitch during the second half of Saturday’s goalless draw with Aston Villa.

Forest manager Stuart Pearce is expected to be in attendance at tonight’s match.