BOYLAN STARTS A NEW CHAPTER

NON-LEAGUE striking legend Lee Boylan hopes a prolific partnership with James Baker can add another chapter to his glittering career.

The 33-year-old centre-forward helped get Stevenage Borough promoted to the Football League two years ago, but he is determined to add more silverware to his collection by firing the Yellows to glory in Ryman League Division One North this season.

He will link up with ex-Braintree Town targetman Baker – AFC’s top scorer in each of the last two seasons – as Chris Tracey’s men bid to join Suffolk rivals Bury Town, Lowestoft Town and Leiston in the Ryman Premier.

“I played a half with James in my first game and he seems like a good targetman,” said Boylan. “I always work well playing off a targetman, so hopefully this season can be good for us.

“Personally, I’m just looking to score goals and obviously get Sudbury into the next league.

“With the facilities and fanbase this club has got, they certainly deserve to do that.”

The Witham-born frontman’s best spell in front of goal came between 2001 and 2006 when he netted 148 times in 178 games for Canvey Island, but one of the most memorable strikes of his career came for Stevenage Borough at Wembley Stadium in 2009.

Boylan bagged the all-important second goal as Borough won the FA Trophy by beating York City 2-0 – the opener being scored by Steve Morison, who also set up Boylan’s clincher and has since netted a £2.8m transfer to the Premier League with Norwich City, via a £130,000 move to Millwall.

However, injuries have since taken their toll on the former West Ham United youngster, who revealed his move to The MEL Group Stadium nearly took place at the end of last season while he was still with Thurrock.

“The timing wasn’t right for me because I was at Thurrock, but Chris has offered me this season and I’m looking to be a player/forward coach,” said Boylan, who still managed to net 10 times in 32 games despite The Fleet being relegated from the Blue Square Bet Premier South.

“Having played at a high level of non-League during my career I know the ins and outs of it.”

And Boylan, whose other silverware came when he won the Ryman Premier title with Canvey in 2003/04, has already seen signs to convince him of Sudbury’s promotion credentials.

He said: “We’ve got bits and pieces to work on, but if we can keep playing well and keep the ball moving then I see no reason why we can’t get out of this league.”