“I want to step up!” Weir-Daley’s goal is to be Boston United’s top scorer once more

Spencer Weir-Daley.
Spencer Weir-Daley.

Spencer Weir-Daley says it’s about time he snatched the Boston United top goalscorer mantle back from strike partner Marc Newsham.

Newsham has finished three of the past four campaigns as the Pilgrims’ leading marksman, with Weir-Daley taking the accolade once in 2011.

“It’s time to take that back off him, it’s my turn now,” he said.

“I want to step up.”

Newsham was named as the Pilgrims’ Player of the Year for the last two seasons, finishing with 21 goals a year ago and 30 this spring.

Weir-Daley bagged 15 goals last season, netting six times the year before, although he spent half that campaign at Telford United.

The previous season, SWD scored 14 times, compared to Newsham’s six.

In the 2009-10 season - when United won promotion from the UniBond Premier - Weir-Daley scored 21 times, Newsham pipping him with 29 goals.

Of course, new signing Ricky Miller may also be eyeing up the top scorer prize.

However, Weir-Daley insists that the rivalry between him and Newsham is nothing more than friendly competition.

His main aim is for the pair to build on the partnership which has seen them score 142 times between them in the past four seasons.

The forward has just returned from Portugal, where he was a guest at the wedding of Wigan Athletic defender James Perch.

The get-together with a number of his former Nottingham Forest teammates has seen him return to training fired up and ready to go.

He told The Standard: “The main thing is that I really just want to help the team.

“I want to do well every week, scoring goals or making chances.

“I want to improve on last season, it was disappointing.”

The ex-Notts County striker says that disappointment he referred to was both personal and for the team.

“It was an up-and-down season. With having three managers I suppose you expect that,” he continued.

“Hopefully, we can find some rhythm and stability.”