JASON Lee has backed Marc Newsham to grab 20 goals for Boston United this season.
Player-manager Lee reckons his strike partner has the ability to end the campaign as the club’s leading scorer.
Newsham reached double figures with the equaliser in the 2-2 draw at Eastwood on Sunday, with his boss sure there are plenty more to come.
“Forward players are what make and break games - and we believe in him,” Lee said.
“I know what it is to be a striker, and I told him I want him to be our 20 goals a season man. He says he can handle that.
“He’s a regular player in the side, he’s playing well and I’m really pleased with him.”
The former Rotherham United trainee marked his first campaign at the Jakemans Stadium by finishing the season as top scorer.
He found the net 29 times in 49 starts and two substitute appearances as Boston won a treble - the UniBond Premier play-off final, UniBond League Cup and Lincolnshire Senior Shield.
But after promotion to the Blue Square Bet North last year, Newsham found himself in and out of the side, scoring five times in 30 appearances, 10 of those coming from the bench.
Lee believes that Newsham may have struggled to adapt during his first season in the Blue Square Bet North.
However, he reckons his leading scorer will shine for the remainder of the campaign.
He added: “Everyone remembers he got those goals (in his first year).
“Last season was a disappointment for him. He didn’t get as many goals, maybe it’s taken him a while to step up a division.
“But we re-signed him in the summer as we know he can do a job.”
Newsham said: “I’ve managed to score in the last couple of games and I feel confident when I’m in front of goal right now, and I hope it continues.
“It’s nice to get to double figures, but it’s the results that matter.
“I do feel more confident (this season).
“The gaffers have said that if I’m scoring I’ll be playing. There’s competition for places, so I’ve got to keep doing it.”
l UNITED host Blyth Spartans on Saturday (KO 3pm) and Bishop’s Stortford on Tuesday (KO 7.45pm).