Smith targets golden boot

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LEE Smith plans to fire Bury Town to promotion and beat team-mates John Sands and Sam Reed to the Blues’ golden boot in the process.

The former Histon midfielder – who returned to Ram Meadow at the start of the season – is currently locked neck-and-neck with Sands at the top of the scoring charts on 15 goals, with Reed two further back on 13.

“I’ve had a bit of banter with Sandsy and Sam about it – that’s mine this year,” he said. “I’ve been in good form goalscoring-wise in the second half of the season.”

And with Bury needing a point at relegated Tooting and Mitcham United to secure their play-off place tomorrow, Smith plans to add to his tally shortly after 3pm.

“I don’t want it to go to the wire,” he said. “Early goals are the key, so we will come out all guns blazing.

“For me personally, promotion is the least I wanted.”

After a slow start to his second spell in Suffolk, Smith has once again developed into one of the Blues’ key men – much like striker Sands has after joining from Mildenhall Town mid-season.

And Sands – who set a Mildenhall club record of 31 league goals in a season last campaign – is not planning to make up the numbers in the shoot-out for the golden boot.

Hoping to overcome a flu/sickness bug in time to feature tomorrow, he said: “Hopefully I will be in the squad otherwise Smudger might overtake me, but if he gets the goals and we get the win then that’s all that matters.

“This season I feel I could have had 30 goals if I was on form I was before I got injured in pre-season, but I’m doing well to get in the positions.”

Meanwhile, Smith has earmarked FA Trophy semi-finalists Wealdstone has the most dangerous of the potential play-off sides, but is fully confident of victory over Lowestoft Town should the Suffolk teams meet.

“Wealdstone are the one to watch and have been for the last 10 games,” said Smith. “After their FA Trophy run they had a couple of bad results, but from then on they have picked up.”

Speaking about a potential meeting with Lowestoft, he added: “They don’t have a lot for us to be afraid of.”