One Ell of a role model! Hollingsworth wants to emulate Boston United hero Paul

Michael Hollingsworth.
Michael Hollingsworth.

Michael Hollingsworth would love to follow in the footsteps of boyhood hero Paul Ellender - and carve out a career at Boston United.

As a youngster the Pilgrims’ 19-year-old midfielder used to watch on as the no-nonsense defender captained the amber and blacks into the Football League.

And after making his debut as United beat title-favourites Barrow 2-1 in the Vanarama North on Saturday, Hollingsworth hopes he has had just a small taste of what’s to come.

“I remember watching Paul Ellender, he was a prominent figure in those days,” he said.

“I used to sit up there. My mum, dad and granddad would come and we’d watch the games.

“I can’t think of much better than playing here.

“Hopefully, I can get some more games under my belt and prove to the gaffer that I can do a bit within this team.”

Hollingsworth spent his youth career with Nottingham Forest but, after leaving the City Ground, he was convinced to try his luck on trial by his former schoolmate and ex-Pilgrims midfielder James Reed.

“He’s one of my best mates and he told me lots of good things about the club,” said Hollingsworth, who played every minute of United’s weekend victory.

“I’m so pleased to be able to get an opportunity with the first team.

“That’s the first competitive game I’ve ever played in. I think I did OK as well.”