“I’d step up to take another penalty,” says Boston United skipper Scott Garner

Scott Garner.
Scott Garner.

Scott Garner says he would be happy to step up and take another penalty - if he was called upon to do so.

The Boston United captain took his first spot kick in senior football during Saturday’s FA Trophy stalemate at North Ferriby, only to be denied by a tremendous save by Villagers keeper Adam Nicklin.

At that stage the Pilgrims were 1-0 up and, with the hosts down to 10 men, Garner’s penalty could have wrapped things up.

However, Ryan Kendall’s 89th minute leveller forced a replay.

But Garner refused to be downbeat, vowing to find the net if the chance ever comes his way again.

“Definitely. I’d step up again,” he told The Standard.

“I see it as a chance to score a goal and help the team get a step closer to winning the game.

“So every time I was needed to step up I’d step up.”

Marc Newsham had given the Pilgrims a 67th-minute lead, heading home Mark Jones’ cross after his strike partner had showed great determination to rob Jamie Yates of possession.

The Pilgrims were then given that golden chance to double their lead when Jones was brought down by Danny Hone, the Ferriby defender receiving his marching orders.

With regular penalty taker Dayle Southwell out injured, Garner took responsibility.

However, his powerful strike was tipped onto the crossbar.

“I was pretty confident and no-one else really wanted it so I said I’d step up and try to stick it in the back of the net,” Garner added.

“Maybe I could have put it a yard wider but I think I’ve done everything right. Somehow he’s tipped it onto the bar.

“When I hit it I honestly thought it was in the back of the net. I was ready to celebrate.”

And with 90 seconds remaining, the hosts finally got their leveller, substitute Kendall afforded enough time control and fire home in the penalty area.

The Villagers’ battle plan was to lump long balls to giant target man Tom Denton.

However, what Carl Piergianni lacked in inches he made up for with positioning and determination to dominate the aerial dual.

When the hosts actually attempted to play football they created their better chances - with Zak Mills deflecting Liam King’s strike onto the post and the Pilgrims hacking a ball off the goalline as Rene Steer almost diverted into his own net.

Yates also rattled the Boston bar with a dipping free kick.

Piergianni almost netted for United with a prodded effort, but Hone cleared.