Paul Goodhand tucked away a penalty to earn Boston Town a point on Saturday... before boss Nathan Collins praised him as one of the best midfielders to have ever graced the United Counties League Premier Division.
The dead ball specialist calmly drew the Poachers level from the spot to earn a 1-1 draw at home to Desborough, the latest in a long line of vital goals for the club.
Having previously played alongside Goodhand in the heart of Town’s midfield, the manager knows all about the former Grimsby Town trainee’s ability.
He told The Standard: “Paul’s always had a lot of quality. He’s arguably the best midfielder to have played at this level.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to watch him play over a long period of time and I’ve also seen a lot of other players in this division over the years. And I don’t know whether I’ve ever seen anyone better at this level of football.”
Goodhand made his Poachers debut back in 2004.
And after 338 appearan ces and 136 goals, he is still going strong.
“I’m sure Paul would admit that he’s not quite the same player he has been in the past,” Collins added. “But the quality is still there.
“He’s still an influential player for us and does a good job working with our younger players.
“Other teams in this division still show him a lot of respect.
“And he did a good job of making me look half decent over the years.”
Mark Redding had handed Ar Tarn the lead on Saturday, before Goodhand’s reply, his third of the season.