Interview: Dayle Southwell

bstn3Dayle Southwell is one of the hottest properties in non league football – having scored thirty goals for Conference North side Boston United last season, and having already bagged six this campaign, the Football League vultures have started to circle…

Do you feel more pressure is on you to perform, after discovering that as many as 40 scouts attended a home match, just to watch you?
To be honest, as soon as I step onto the pitch I completely forget about anyone watching me I just go out and play my normal game. I try not to think about it off the field as well so it doesn’t effect me in any way.

Where do you see your short term & long term career?
Short term career I see that obviously with Boston and hope to help them achieve promotion. My long term career… I suppose any footballer wants to play as high as possible. So I’ll just keep scoring goals and see where that takes me.

Ricky Miller had a great season for Boston in 2013-14, albeit not scoring as many as you did last season. He then made the leap to League 2 at Luton, and found chances limited. Would that worry you if you left The Pilgrims?
There is always that possibility that if I go higher I may be out of my depth, but I believe I will score goals wherever I am, so I’ll definitely take that risk.
How does Dennis Greene rate as a manager? Is he the right man to get Boston promoted?
He’s a great man-manager and knows how to get the best out of his players and I believe he has the qualities to get the club promoted.

You’ve started this season brilliantly, but do you feel the team is as gelled as it was at the end of last season, and will the team shake off any rustiness and get into a position to challenge for the title?
The team still needs time to settle. We aren’t quite where we were at at the end of last season but we are getting there with every game. Hopefully we will reach the heights of the end of last season and go on a great run and be right up there pushing for promotion.

Do you feel you could manage to hit 35 goals this season?
Why not?! I’ve started this season better than I did last in terms of goals so I hope to carry that on and get as many as possible. In terms of targets I don’t have a specific number, I just like to take it game by game.

It must be nice to see the supporters travelling away in numbers. Away fans travelling to Boston in the league are usually embarrassingly small, but United’s away support is always good. Do the BUFC fans play a big part in boosting team morale?
Yep, they played a great part in our season last year and have no doubt they will again this year with their great support. It gives the players that extra edge, especially when we are winning games. The fans are excellent with away games, they travel in numbers compared to others in this league. Also are brilliant at home and get behind us.

In your experience, what is the toughest away ground to go to in the division?
Lowestoft. We went there around Christmas time last year it was a cold boggy pitch which was small and very open. Not a nice place to go.

You were released from Grimsby after scoring 5 goals in 3 starts, was that hard to take?
Getting released wasn’t so hard to take as I saw it coming a long way off, and I was ready for a new challenge. But the frustration was not being given the chance I thought I really deserved and not getting a real run in the side throughout my time at the club.
Realistic target for Boston this season?
Promotion. Whether it’s through the play offs or winning it. That has got to be the target after coming so close last season.

What is the highlight of your footballing career to date?
Scoring my first professional hat-trick for Grimsby. Making my League debut at 17 and also getting in Conference North team of the year last season.

Do you have any regrets in your career?
Not as yet no, hopefully it stays that way.

And finally… Messi or Ronaldo?
Messi without a doubt.

Correct! Thanks for taking part in the interview for LiquidFootball.FM, we wish you all the very best for the season!