Boston United's Kallum Smith undaunted by league's hatchet men
Kallum Smith believes fleet of foot can outwit the Blue Square Bet North's heavyweights as he aims to keep providing the ammunition for Boston United's frontline.
The former Lincoln United winger has made an impressive start to the season for the Pilgrims, who face Workington at the Jakemans Stadium tomorrow.
His diminutive frame has been singled out for rough treatment during his career.
But there is no chance of the 22-year-old going into his shell.
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Instead, Smith sees his size and silky skills as a valuable asset.
"It's a physical league and some players have got their strengths, but I've got mine as well," said Smith.
"My strength is my low centre of gravity. They can't really get in a shoulder barge on me because they would be shoulder barging my head.
"I'm quite nippy and I can get round players quite well. Hopefully I can keep doing that.
"I don't mind which wing I play on, I just want to play.
"I prefer the left wing, but if the manager wants me to do a job on the right, I'm sure I can do a good job there, or in the three up front, like I did towards the end of last season.
"I'm there to get the ball in the box, but the manager wants me to mix my game up as well.
"He wants me to drive inside too, but mainly he wants me to get at them, get down the line and whip the ball in."
Smith was at his best during last week's 6-0 victory over Histon.
While striker Mark Jones stole the show, Smith's contribution was just as valuable.
"I got four assists," he recalled. "But with Newsh (Marc Newsham) and Jonesy's movement, if I put the ball in the right place, they're always there."
Following those impressive opening victories against Droylsden and Histon, United's form has dipped.
A shock home defeat to Hinckley on Saturday was followed by a 1-0 loss at Bishop's Stortford on Saturday.
After starting the opening three games, Smith was left out of the starting line-up for the trip to Stortford, but is pushing for a return against Workington.
Spencer Weir-Daley could also start after scoring just seconds after coming off the bench against Hinckley.
"Looking at the performances, I don't think there is too much wrong," said Hyde.
"It's going forward where we need to be more creative and come up with the answers to unlock stubborn defences."