A smile is back on Southwell’s face

Dayle Southwell.
Dayle Southwell.

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.”