FOOTBALL: Wells wants golden boot and promotion

Bradley Wells
Bradley Wells
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Spalding United’s top scorer Bradley Wells is dreaming of a double celebration at the end of this season.

He wants to reach 30 league goals for the golden boot as the leading marksman in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South by firing the Tulips to promotion via the play-offs.

Wells reached 25 goals in all competitions during last weekend’s 4-0 win at Leek Town – although he remains one behind Shaw Lane’s Gavin Allott who has struck 22 times in league matches to lead the division’s charts.

Wells said: “My target is 30 goals in the league and I’m getting closer.

“To be honest, I was just pleased to get another club in pre-season when Stamford bombed me out with only one week to go.

“Now I’ve got 25 goals in league and cup games so the golden boot is going to be a massive target along with winning the play-offs.

We are aiming to get at least four wins from the final fixtures for a top-three spot.

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“We have been in the top three places all season so we want to stay up there, get a home semi-final and then win the final for promotion.

“I have never known such a strong mentality within any changing room. Hopefully, that togetherness will push us on to promotion.

“We’ve got to finish off the job with seven games to go.

“Getting three points at Leek was a massive bonus but we’ve got another tough game on Saturday at Stocksbridge Park Steels who beat us at home.

“We are aiming to get at least four wins from the final fixtures for a top-three spot.

“Although we are not yet mathematically out of the title race, finishing second would be a massive bonus because it looks like Shaw Lane or Witton Albion will go on to win the league.”

Wells broke the first-half deadlock at Leek who slipped further away from the play-off pack as the Tulips smashed in four goals during a 20-minute spell.

Jordan Lemon, Nathan Whitehead and Jenk Acar were also on target to keep Spalding’s advantage over their promotion rivals.

Wells reflected: “I didn’t feel onside for the first goal on Saturday and I looked at the linesman to check.

“Those chances are the hardest ones to put away as there is more time to think about it.

“A couple of minutes later, I got in behind the defence again and looked up before putting the ball across to Jordan who was in the right place.

“Nathan made it 3-0 and we know Jenk is a top player – as he showed with another great finish.

“It’s always more difficult being up front on your own – especially when the central defenders are physical. But I can run around all day and that formation worked for us at Leek.

“They said before the game that they had more quality than us. They are a good team but we won 4-0 so I don’t think they were better than us on Saturday!”