“I’m absolutely shattered,” declared Gregg Smith after sealing Boston United’s second win of the season last night.
With eight minutes to go the target man met Liam Agnew’s cross and powered his header beyond the dive of Bradford Park Avenue’s Joe Cracknell.
That goal was an advert in perseverance as even the attacker - who saw two earlier efforts fly inches wide of the target - thought time had run out for him to get on the scoresheet.
“I didn’t think it was going to be my night to be fair,” added Smith, celebrating his first goal at the Jakemans Stadium.
“It was a great cross, that’s my bread and butter. But I’ll do that every week, I won’t give up.
“It was a relief for me to be fair, but I kept digging in.
“It’s always nice to score, but in front of great fans again. I just want to kick on from here.”
The reason for Smith feeling quite so tired was the energetic performance the big man had put in - leading by example as he was back heading clear from corners and, with just minutes left on the clock, winning tackles on the halfway line.
But as the final whistle blew, Smith felt every drop of sweat was worth it.
“I mean it’s always nice to get 1-0,” he added.
“We were a bit under the cosh at 1-0. I thought we defended very well considering the way we have been doing.
“We got what we deserved today.”