Dayle Southwell has brushed aside his ‘tough’ summer by getting back to what he does best - scoring goals.
After seeing the Pilgrims’ promotion hopes ended by a play-off semi-final penalty shootout, the 30-goal foward also had to turn down a call-up from the England C team as he recovered from a hernia operation.
But after netting a 45-minute hat-trick as Boston United kicked off their pre-season fixtures with a 6-1 victory at Boston Town, the smile was back on the striker’s face.
“It was a tough pre-season to be fair,” Southwell admitted.
“Summer was pretty difficult with rehab, but now I’m hopefully fully fit and scoring the goals.”
Southwell admitted he remains a long way from match sharpness. But knowing that scoring goals could lead to another England call, he remains as driven as ever to succeed.
“That’s still a long way away,” he added, referring to his match fitness.
“I’m only easing my way into it but hopefully, come August 8, I’ll be fit and firing.
“There’s been a lot of frustration, when I got the (England) call I’d have loved to have done it, but hopefully I can score goals and get that call-up again.
“I’d love to score for them and get as many goals as I can.
“I loved scoring today. I always do, no matter what the game is.”