What a difference a year makes! Boston United defender Nathan Stainfield is moving in the right direction

Nathan Stainfield.
Nathan Stainfield.

Pilgrims defender Nathan Stainfield believes he is a completely different player to the one who arrived at York Street 14 months ago.

After overcoming injury and a loan spell at Hucknall, he has become a Pilgrims regular.

He played the final 14 league games of the last campaign and has started all 20 of the club’s matches this season, before last night’s clash with Solihull.

Despite admitting he’s far from the finished article, Stainfield believes he is improving with every game.

“I’m hoping people can see that,” he told The Standard.

“I’m not making as many errors.

“I keep my stats and my stats are good.”

After conceding four penalties last season, Stainfield is particularly happy not to have done so once this campaign.

He added: “I’ve played every game and not given penalties away.

“I’m learning. By nature you’re aggressive as a defender. You go for the ball, you make mistakes and you learn from it.

“I wouldn’t say I’m a top defender, but I feel more comfortable.”