Dayle Southwell has set his sights on the National League North’s golden boot - and he says it is his competitive streak which continually drives him on to want to be the best.
Southwell bagged 30 goals in his first full season of senior football, including three hat-tricks.
Twenty-eight of those finishes came in the league, with only Solihull Moors’ Omar Bogle (29) grabbing more.
After coming so close to finishing as the division’s top marksman, the Boston United forward is determined to be even more prolific this term.
“I’ve always been very competitive,” Southwell told The Standard.
“I’ve always been like that.
“Even in training, I have to score goals.
“As a kid I used to play a lot of sport at school and play a lot of tennis. I always wanted to win and hated it if I didn’t.
“I love the feeling of scoring a goal and I’m always frustrated if I don’t score in a game.
“Sometimes the team can win 4-0 or 5-0, but if I didn’t get one then I’ll be disappointed.”
Southwell netted an impressive seven times in his first 15 matches as a Pilgrim, but his rich scoring form became even more eyebrow raising as he found his name on the scoresheet on 23 occasions in his final 32 appearances.
The former Grimsby Town trainee believes a fair share of the credit for his improved form belongs to Mark Jones, the two forming a powerful partnership upon the latter’s arrival on loan from Spalding United.
“I’m definitely looking forward to playing with Mark again, he was a massive part of why I scored a lot more goals at the back end of last season,” Southwell continued.
“We’ve got a good understanding and play well together.
“Hopefully, we can both score a lot of goals this season.”
But how would the competitive Southwell feel about his teammate and strike partner ending the season with more goals?
“Obviously the team will always come first,” he admitted.
“But I will always want to be the top goalscorer.
“It’s how I’ve always been.
“But if Mark, or anyone else, ends the season with more goals than me but we get promotion then I’ll be more than happy.”