Following another goal for his season’s tally in their 6-1 victory over Trafford, Rushall Olympic and Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division`s top scorer, a jubilant Aaron Williams has said it would be a great personal achievement….
….to win the `golden boot` award.
“I’ve never been close to winning something like this before so it would be fantastic as this is my first season playing down the middle as a striker.
“If it happens and I win the boot, great. If not, then that’s football. All the lads are behind me to get it and I’m pushing and striving for it but we’ll have to wait and see now.”
Williams opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark on Easter Monday, with possibly his easiest goal of the season – tapping in from just three yards.
With 25 league goals to his name in just 36 appearances, the front man has a wide selection to pick his favourite from.
“It’s quite hard to remember them all to be honest. If I had to pick my favourite, I’d say either the one at Nantwich Town or the one at Blyth where I cut in from the left – but the Nantwich goal probably just edges it for me.”
The stunning goal he scored at Nantwich was the solitary goal in a 1-0 victory for Pics, whereas a late penalty from Gavin Caines rescued a 3-3 draw up in Blyth.
What makes Williams’ goal tally even more impressive is that none of the 25 goals have been penalties and have all come from open play.
“I’ve told Gavin Caines if we’re two or three goals up and we win a penalty, don’t even think about grabbing the ball because it’s mine.
“The decision on the penalty taker was between me and the lads but I’ve missed my last two and Gav has scored every one of his.
“He’s got the confidence to step up and take it as captain so as long as it goes in the net and the team score, it doesn’t bother me who takes them.”
Williams is delighted with his current form as he feels he has now paid back the faith shown in him by manager, Richard Sneekes.
“He has brought my best ability out, there’s no doubt about that.
“I had a bad time playing out wide last season and he’s given me the opportunity to play up front, which I feel is my best position.”
Sneekes is delighted with the progress of the 21-year-old but says he still isn’t the finished article.
“I do think Aaron could still improve as a player but there are things he does exceptionally well.
“His work rate is great to have as a manager because you know you can play with one striker and he’ll run his socks off for you every game.
“He gives us what you would normally expect from two players and to have somebody so selfless in the team is great.
“He’ll flick the ball on, run the line and score goals. All kind of goals too and that’s all I can ask of him as a manager.”
With Williams currently two goals ahead of Buxton’s Liam Hardy in the `golden boot` race, Sneekes says Williams deserves the award and would be delighted to see him win it.
“It would be brilliant for him. He’s put the ball in the net, I haven’t done that. What we have done is given him a platform to build on and also a place where he’s wanted.
“I do think that was what he needed and it’s shown from the fantastic season he’s having for Rushall Olympic.
“I’ve shown confidence in him to help him become the player he knows he wants to be and he can go from strength to strength from here.”
Williams said he was grateful for the chance Sneekes gave him but his goalscoring didn’t take off straight away.
“For the first five games playing down the middle I didn’t score but Richard was coming up to me after every game, putting his arm round me and saying ‘It’s gonna happen, it’s gonna come, just keep doing what you’re doing’.
“I listened and, thankfully, the goals have just started to flow for me.”
“It’s what every young player wants. You want to be sat down, talked through your game and given ways to improve it.
“Richard has done that with me and I’m just pleased I’ve been getting the goals to repay him for how he’s improved me as a player.”
Williams was replaced by youth team product, Colin Smith, after 72 minutes against Trafford and watched from the sidelines as the teenager saw a flurry of chances fall his way, opening his Pics account in the process.
“I’m so pleased for Colin, he’s deserved that goal. A few injuries have prevented him from having more game time under his belt so it’s nice to see him score when he’s given the chance.”
The Pics No.9 insists he was not at all frustrated that more chances didn’t fall to him in his side’s biggest win of the season.
“As I’ve said, so long as the team does well I’ll go home happy after the game because the result is all the matters really.”
Sneekes was also visibly pleased for young Smith, after he’d added Rushall’s sixth goal two minutes from time.
“No doubt the lad has got talent. I’m pleased we could get him on the pitch and give him the opportunity to show people what he can do.
“He could be a very good player. I’ve been to watch him in the youth team a couple of times and he’s come on against a young Trafford side and got his rewards.”
With the play-offs looking just out of reach for Rushall, Williams says the club should aim high next season.
“We started well this season but had a dip in form in November. If that hadn’t have happened, we might be touching play-offs now.
“I think Rushall can go far. We have a great Chairman, great manager and a great squad of players to back their ambitions up.”