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24 August 2015

Going into the 88th minute on Saturday, Boro were leading 1-0 against Hartlepool but the visitors were increasing their pressure on the home goal and it looked to be an anxious ending to the game.

That all ended after a long kick from Chris Day, flick-on from Chris Whelpdale and a fine piece of movement and finish from Brett Williams. 

As Williams wheeled away in celebration, it was clear to see the relief from scoring his first of the season.


The striker spoke about the importance of the three points and his goal.

“A great team performance, three points is what we needed to get us off the mark and hopefully we can get on a run now.

“I would be lying if I told you it didn’t stick in your head when you haven’t scored your first goal so hopefully I can kick on now and get a run going, same as the team. Points and goals.

“I wouldn’t say I had the greatest game if I am honest but my job is to score goals and I managed to do that and secure the win.”

Williams was one of the top strikers in the conference last season, scoring 15 goals and although he has adjusted well to the step up, he says it is a much tougher league.

“Just the ability of the players, they are mentally better, they know how to play the game better. In the conference it can be a bit of rough ‘n’ tumble.

“You have just got to be smarter with your movement and obviously players are a lot fitter so I think there is a big difference.”

With the first three points firmly in the bag, Williams reflected on what was the key to victory.

“I think it was just the fight and belief that we had with each other.

“We have been going through it all at the training ground that we need to get together, work for each other and like I say it wasn’t the best game from myself or the team but we had that desire and we worked hard for each other.

“We knew Hartlepool were going to do the same and I think we bettered them at it.”

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