Michael Hollingsworth says he is ‘always ready’ to do his bit for Boston United.
The 20-year-old joined the Pilgrims in the summer after impressing on trial.
But after starting the first six Vanarama North matches of the season, the midfielder is finding regular football harder to come by.
“It’s frustrating not playing week-in and week-out, as every player wants to be playing all the time,” said Hollingsworth, who admits that fighting for a place in the team is one of the pitfalls of being at a team striving for promotion.
“I’m no exception. I’d like to have played more times this season, but sometimes that’s not the case.”
“I’m there, I’m always ready and it’s good to be part of a winning squad.”
Of the Pilgrims’ 37 competitive matches this season, Hollingsworth has been named in the matchday squad 36 times - making 11 starts and 10 introductions from the bench.
But the Boston lad, who grew up cheering United on from the stands, says he approaches every Saturday with the hope and belief that he will get his chance, buoyed by confidence that he was part of the midfield which started the season with three consecutive wins.
“You just prepare as if you’re going to start the game, be ready for anything,” he added.
“It’s biding my time for that opportunity to string some games together, like at the start of the season.
“I have to build on each performance and get better and better.
“I have to have confidence, I don’t doubt myself at all.
“I’ve proved I can play at this level.
“I’m a young lad and I’ll bide my time, but I do want to be playing every week.
“That’s what I’m striving for.
“I work hard, head to training with my head held high and take it one game at a time.”