Can Dayle Southwell bag his perfect hat-trick with Boston United?

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Dayle Southwell is going in search of his perfect hat-trick.

The striker left with the matchball as his 16-minute first-half treble helped Boston United win 4-1 at Solihull Moors on Saturday... confirming they are still in with a shout of promotion.

But it is a different hat-trick the striker is now looking for.

Southwell’s main goal is to help guide Boston United into the Conference Premier.

But he also has two additional aims - ending the season as the division’s leading scorer and earning the chance to line-up against former club Grimsby Town.

Solihull’s Omar Bogle currently tops the division’s scoring charts with 29 goals.

However, Southwell - who has scored 28 of his 30 goals in the Vanarama North - believes he can overtake his adversary.

“That’s it. I believe I can catch him and go ahead of him,” said the attacker, who will have the added advantage of at least two extra games this season if he can continue to shrug off his groin injury.

The forward also admitted that he’d love to face former club Grimsby Town, who released him last summer, in the Conference Premier next season.

When asked if he thought the Mariners had any regrets about letting him go, Southwell replied: “I’m hoping they’re looking at what I’m doing and, hopefully, we can get promoted to the Conference Premier with them.

“We’re going into the play-offs with momentum and I think teams will be fearing us, rather than us fearing other teams.

“We want to finish third or fourth as home advantage in the final would make a massive difference.”

Southwell’s first finish at Damson Park, arriving in the 25th minute, would have been good enough to be the finest goal in most matches you’ll see.

In an almost carbon copy of his strike against Tamworth two weeks earlier he picked up the ball close to the left-hand corner flag before cutting inside and beating Tony Breeden with a low strike at his far post.

Goal number two was an instinctive back-post finish, prodding Grant Roberts’ cross home after the Moors defenders failed to clear their lines, also bettering the 28 goals Ricky Miller netted for the club last season.

Southwell completed his third hat-trick of the campaign four minutes before the interval, his strike coming from the penalty spot after Nicky Walker’s cross was handled by Michael Nottingham.

It wasn’t the sweetest connection Southwell will ever make from 12 yards, but the ball carried enough momentum to creep over the line.

United’s almost-perfect half had the gloss taken off it on the stroke of half time as Ryan Beswick headed home to reduce the arrears.

But Boston saved the best for last, Roberts completing the scoring with a second-half thunderbolt.

Collecting the ball at least 25 yards from goal he unleashed a ferocious drive which left Breeden rooted.

As the final whistle blew, United’s victory and Tamworth’s 4-1 defeat at Barrow ensured Boston were in the play-offs.

Dennis Greene led his troops to celebrate with the travelling fans, while Southwell went to collect his latest trophy from referee Paul Graham.