New Boston United keeper Ashley Timms says he has no fears about being described as the ‘best keeper in non-league’.
That was how Pilgrims manager Dennis Greene labelled his first summer signing last week.
While some stoppers may feel the pressure which comes with such a compliment, Timms believes it is his time to him to live up to that tag.
He told The Standard: “If you’re a goalkeeper you have to believe you’re the best.
“Being a good keeper is all about being confident and believing in yourself.
“You can’t think you’re going to concede a goal if you want to succeed.”
Timms did concede his fair share of goals last season while in goal with relegated Hinckley United.
But it was an experience which Timms believes can only make him a better player, following his release from prison.
He continued: “I needed to be playing regularly after missing out on football.
“They gave me the chance to play games in this division (Blue Square Bet North).
“I needed to be playing regularly to be able to get back to the level I was at.”
Describing Timms, Greene said: “I’ve just signed the best goalkeeper in non-league football.
“I know that he is an exceptional keeper and we are very pleased to have him.
“He’s a colossus and he’s played league football not very far down the road.
“He’s 6’4” and commands his area.
“He catches, talks, stop shots and does everything you want from a goalkeeper.”
Greene has announced that 16-year-old youth teamer Sam Vince will be Timms’ number two next season after he impressed as the Pilgrims won the Lincs Senior Shield last week, beating Gainsborough Trinity 3-1.
Vince, a former Nottingham Forest youngster, is the son of reserve team boss Nigel.
And he says he first got the taste for goalkeeping after having to defend himself from his dad taking potshots.
He told The Standard: “From a young age me and my dad used to go down the park and he used to have shots at me.
“I used to try to save them and he must have seen something, because he advised me to become a goalkeeper.”
But having established himself between the sticks, Vince junior has now set his sights on the first teeam.
“I want to play regularly for Boston United and get the number one spot, that’s my aim,” added Vince, who turned down the advances of Lincoln City to stay with United.
Turning his attention to Vince, Greene added: “Young Vinno is a talented lad with a bright future ahead of him.
“He’ll be my number two next season.”