Goal-hungry Marc Newsham wants Boston United to push for promotion
MOST strikers would be delighted to end the season having surpassed the 20-goal barrier.
But for Boston United striker Marc Newsham, there was a nagging feeling that he should have bagged a few more.
"I finished with 21 and I probably should have scored a few more," insisted the Pilgrims' leading scorer for two of the past three seasons.
"There have been a couple that I've missed and I've snatched at a few chances, but that happens during a season.
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"I'm my own worst critic. I look at the top scorers in this league and one of them has got 40-odd. Twenty-one is good, but 40 is better."
But after an injury-disrupted 2010/2011 season, which saw him in and out of the side and score just six goals, Newsham is happy to have made such an impressive contribution to the side.
"I'm happy to contribute and 20 is a milestone that all strikers look for and luckily I've reached that," added the former Rotherham forward.
"I was in and out of the side last season and only got six goals. My aim last summer was to come back fit and strong.
"I think I've done that and I've had a run in the side. I believe, if I get a run in the side, I will score goals."
But as a team, Newsham accepts this season has been a letdown, his most disappointing his joining the club three years ago.
However, the 25-year-old remains upbeat about United's chances next season and believes, with some astute signings, Boston can challenge for the play-offs again.
"In the first year, we had a great season and won three trophies. Then last year we went to the play-off semi-finals, but this season has been disappointing," he admitted.
"But if we can bring in a few new additions and keep the core of the side, we can have a real go.
"Inconsistency has been our biggest problem. We've struggled to string a couple of wins together. We'd win a couple then lose a couple.
"What you need in this league is consistency. Hyde, Guiseley, the teams that have been up there, have been consistent all season. That's what we need to work on.
"This squad could do it, but I'm sure there will be new additions. Some new players will benefit us."
Newsham can look forward to renewing hostilities with best mate Jamie Yates again next season after Gainsborough Trinity's promotion hopes were dashed by Nuneaton in Sunday's play-off final.
Andy Brown's 16th-minute header proved to be the only goal of the game at the Northolme.