NATHAN Stainfield has vowed to become a better player – at both ends of the pitch.
The 23-year-old defender has signed up to stay with Boston United for a second season.
And after making the step up from the United Counties League Premier Division with Boston Town, he spent last term cutting his teeth in the Blue Square Bet North.
But now he has that experience under his belt, Stainfield has pledged to improve his performances.
“Obviously, a regular run in the side is my priority,” he told The Standard.
“But I’m also quite a statistical person.
“I don’t want to give as many penalties away, and I think I’ll be aiming to improve on that in my second season.
“I also want to score more goals.
“As a club, promotion is definitely our aim, but personally, it’s about scoring goals and keeping clean sheets.
The self-proclaimed statto will probably not need reminding that in 20 appearances last season he scored two goals, but has the less-impressive record of conceding five penalties.
His two headed finishes came on his debut against Hinckley and towards the end of the campaign against Gainsborough, where he could have added more were it not for two fine clearances.
But Stainfield is desperate to add to his tally.
“No matter what level I’ve played at, I’ve always seemed to score goals,” he continued.
“I’m a bit annoyed I only got two last season in the 20 games I played. I wanted to get more.
“I’m setting myself the target of between five and 10 goals this season.”
And at the other end, where he plies his trade foremost, Stainfield wants to cut out conceding spotkicks.
He conceded five times, in home matches against Colywin Bay, Worcester and Gusieley and on the road at Hyde and Worcester.
Of those five penalties, four were converted, with Guiseley’s Simon Baldry hitting the crossbar.
However, Stainfield believes he has now been able to adapt better to the pace and fitness levels attributed with the BSBN, adding: “When I got my chance and a run in the side I had to get used the the pace and movement.
“That was a test for me.”