Hat-trick hero Southwell backs Boston United’s ‘massive belief’

Dayle Southwell.

Dayle Southwell.

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Hat-trick hero Dayle Southwell admitted there was no way he was going to play down his joy after helping Boston United beat Harrogate Town 5-2.

In an era where footballers often stifle their celebrations after scoring against former clubs, Southwell did just the opposite each of the three times he found the back of the net.

Last season Southwell converted from the spot to help Town draw 3-3 at York Street, during a loan spell from Grimsby Town.

But as he spoke to The Standard, with the match ball and a bottle of champagne by his feet, there was no holding back.

“I loved it. I was only there for a month,” he said.

“If you score a hat-trick you’ve got to celebrate.”

Southwell has now scored 23 goals this season, and has claimed two trebles for the Pilgrims - his first coming against Hyde.

And with the club in a rich vein of scoring form, he is believes United can finish the campaign in the Vanarama North’s top five.

“The boys have got massive belief. We believe we can make the play-offs,” he added.

“We’ve just got to keep winning and hopefully we’ll be there at the end of the season.”

Mark Jones also grabbed two as United came from 2-0 down to win 5-2.

And after scoring five times in five of their past six home games, manager Dennis Greene was all smiles.

He added: “It was just madness, after being 2-0 down in five minutes.

“We produced our normal home performance where we go and score five goals.”