A late Christmas present? Newsham eyes goal number 100 for Boston United

Marc Newsham.
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Marc Newsham is desperate to grab himself a late Christmas present - his 100th goal for Boston United.

The Pilgrims striker forced home the leveller at Bower Fold on Saturday to earn his side a dramatic 3-3 draw against Stalybridge Celtic.

But as well as grabbing his side a point, he also took his personal tally to 99.

Newsham has two more chances to reach treble figures before the end of 2013, as United host Histon at York Street on Boxing Day, before Saturday’s visit to fellow Skrill North promotion rivals AFC Telford United.

But the forward admits he would love to bag his 100th goal in front of his home fans on Boxing Day.

He told The Standard: “It would be more special to get it at home, but I’ll take it anywhere, and anyhow.

“I just want to get there.

“We’ve got two tough games coming up, but it would be nice to get there.”

Newsham is currently sixth in the club’s all-time scoring records, behind Chris Cook (181), Jim Kabia (138), Wilf Notley (135), Jack Stone (130) and John Froggatt (125).

When he finally hangs his boots up, Newsham will surely be remembered as one of the Pilgrims’ scoring greats.

But in the meantime, the striker is quick to point out that he is scoring his goals to aid the team - not for personal glory.

He added: “The goals will come as long as the team are playing well and we’re picking up wins, as that’s the main thing.

“I just want to score as many as I can.

“This milestone has been coming up for a few weeks, but it happens when it happens.

“The most important thing is the team and the results.

“The goals are secondary, even if I do like scoring.”

Pilgrims boss Dennis Greene was quick to praise Newsham after he fired home the leveller at Bower Fold.

He said: “Sniffer popped up when we needed him and got his 99th goal.

“I just wish he could have got his 100th and we could have won.

“But he does what he does, he reads the situation well.”

Greene added he holds ‘no grudge’ against Histon, the club he left as manager this time last year.