Ashley Timms believes that if Boston United don’t finish in the play-off spots then the season can only be seen as a failure.
The former Manchester City keeper shrugged off his sports hernia injury to play his first 45 minutes for the club since his summer arrival as the Pilgrims beat a Leeds United XI 2-1 on Saturday.
And after pulling on a Boston shirt for the first time, he was quick to make some bold predictions.
When asked whether he still believes his early suggestions that this side can win the Conference North, he said: “I don’t see why not.
“The minimum is the play-offs, if we don’t make the play-offs it’s been a failure.”
Timms admitted he felt like a ‘kid at Christmas’ to be back between the sticks.
But his first half for the club saw him hardly tested.
The youthful Leeds side peppered his goal but couldn’t find the target, except for Lewis Cook’s goal, which had more than a stroke of fortune to it.
The striker met a cross on the volley, but it was the mis-hit and bounce which wrong-footed and beat Timms as the ball looped into the net.
But then, seconds before half time, the stopper showed the home fans just why manager Dennis Greene has labelled his number one the ‘best keeper in non-league’.
Alex Mowatt’s curler looked to be heading into the top corner, until Timms - at full stretch - acrobatically got enough on the ball to fingertip the effort round his far post.
Timms then returned to action during the 4-1 defeat to Cambridge in midweek.
This time, the keeper commanded his area well when up against a physically strong Us side.