Unbeaten but disappointed! Southwell looks back at what could have been for Boston United

Scott Garner sees an effort saved.
Scott Garner sees an effort saved.

Dayle Southwell cheekily backheeled home his 12th goal of the season - before admitting his frustration at six dropped points.

Perhaps it’s a measure of how much this Boston United side have improved since the start of the campaign that they will finish November unbeaten in the Vanarama North, yet there remains a frustration that the Pilgrims could have earned so much more.

Victories over highflying Fylde and Chorley have been followed up by draws against Chorley, Gainsborough and Leamington - fixtures in which United dominated but couldn’t convert chances into matchwinning goals.

“You can take positives from the fact that we haven’t been beaten in the past five games,” said Southwell.

“But from the last three games we should have picked up all nine points, so we are disappointed.”

After United left the New Windmill Ground with a 1-1 draw on Saturday the league table made fairly pleasant reading on the away coach.

Boston sat in eighth, just three points away from fifth-placed Solihull Moors, and with a game in hand.

But had those extra six points been picked up, the Pilgrims would currently occupy second place in the table.

The margins really are that small.

It took a moment of brilliance to open the scoring on the hour mark as Leamington’s Jack Edwards beat Joel Dixon with a powerful 20-yard volley.

But United needed just nine minutes to level.

Zak Mills’ long throw was allowed to land in the Brakes’ box, where Southwell - with his back to goal - netted with a clever backheel.

“I had my back to goal, but there was only one thing on my mind and that was to shoot, so it had to be my backheel,” Southwell added.

“I had to improvise and a few people were wanting me to set it, but I only had one thing on my mind.”

United didn’t have things all their own way, Leamington’s Dan Newton and Jamie Tank both rattling the woodwork in the opening 10 minutes.

But apart from Dixon’s fine save to deny Newton, the Brakes offered little more in attack.

At the other end, debutant keeper Connal Trueman had a game to remember, the on-loan Birmingham stopper denying Scott Garner, Carl Piergianni and Zak Mills with tremendous saves.

Stuart Pierpoint also hacked a Piergianni strike off the goalline and Zeph Thomas smashed the crossbar with a stoppage-time strike.

Once again, United had the chances, but not three points.