Clean sheets may be more important than goals for Boston United’s Zak Mills - but he is still determined to have the last laugh in the dressing room.
The defender remembers being the butt of captain Scott Garner’s jokes last season after stating he had set himself a target of eight appearances on the scoresheet.
Mills looked comfortably on his way to his target by November when he notched his fourth goal in the 3-1 victory over AFC Fylde - but after the right back was moved into the heart of defence his focus moved to blocking efforts on target rather than attempting them.
“Last season I said I wanted seven or eight goals and I remember Garns laughing at me,” said Mills, who hopes to revert back to his favoured full back role and score a few more times this season.
“I got four by October, so hopefully I can get a few more next year.”
However, as a defender, Mills is adamant that clean sheets will always mean more to him that finding the back of the opposition’s net.
When asked which brought him more pleasure he said: “Definitely clean sheets.
“I’m a defender so I have to say that.
“At the end of the day, the back four and goalkeeper will be judged on the clean sheets, no matter how many goals we score.
“It’s a great feeling to score, but if you lose 2-1 then it’s all irrelevant anyway.”
After sixth and third-place finishes in the past two seasons, Mills is now calling on the Pilgrims to claim the National League North title this season.
He said: “You always want to improve. Last year we finished third, so now we’ve got to be looking at winning the league.
“We know we have a chance.”