Rory Williams will gladly take another lucky goal if it helps maintain Gosport Borough’s unbeaten start to the Vanarama National League South season tomorrow.
Borough face a trip to Dartford after they snatched a point against Whitehawk in midweek, coming back from 2-0 down to nick a 2-2 draw.
I certainly wasn’t trying to do it but I couldn’t give a monkeysRory Williams
And it was the long-serving Borough left-back who was the unlikely hero with a stoppage-time leveller as his attempted cross flew into the top corner.
While others might attempt to pass it off as a deliberate piece of vision and skill, Williams was in no mood to try to fool anyone.
He said: ‘Basically, it was a whipped-in cross that didn’t whip!
‘I’ve scored one before like that at Horndean but I think the hill had something to do with that one.
‘This one was definitely not intended. I was absolutely shattered and swung a leg at it.
‘I certainly wasn’t trying to do it but I couldn’t give a monkeys. It went in and we got a point and I’d gladly take another one like that at Dartford.’
Alex Pike’s side have registered one win and three draws so far this term but Williams believes the standard of the division has increased.
He said: ‘Three draws and a win isn’t too bad. There are fine margins but I think the league is so much stronger this season.
‘Even in the few games so far, you can see the difference.
‘Maidenhead were pretty poor last season but we drew 0-0 with them last week and they are right up there.
‘Last season, you would think there might be a couple of easier games in there.
‘But I don’t see any this season.
‘There are some big teams like Dartford. I know they came down but they are a big club.
‘They have kept most of their team from last season and although they were relegated, they were still at a higher level last season.
‘It will be our hardest season since we have been up there.’
Although Williams is targeting another successful season at Privett Park, he considers himself a realist in what Borough may be able to achieve.
He said: ‘I think we will have to be decent for the whole season to have a chance of the play-offs but I think we are capable of doing that.
‘We definitely have a stronger squad this season.
‘Last season we went through a patch where we didn’t win for a few games.
‘If we do that this season, we might as well pack our bags in terms of the play-offs.
‘But a lot more teams will be involved in that battle this season, I think.’
Williams added: ‘I know the manager is ambitious and wants us to win the league but I try to be a bit more realistic.
‘Alex hasn’t changed though. I’ve said before that he wants to win the World Cup, the Olympics and the X Factor.
‘But I think he also looks like he wants to win the World Snooker Championship this season because he keeps wearing his waistcoat!’
Sam Pearce (knee) is still out, while Andy Robinson (ankle) and Ben Harding (hamstring) are doubtful.
GOSPORT: Ashmore, Cuthbertson, Woodford, Poate, Williams, Carter, Dunford, Scott, Harding, Ramsey, Wooden, Wilde, Barker, Bennett, Wort, White, Walker.