Scott Garner has 'unfinished business' as he looks to make it third-time lucky with Boston United in play-offs

Defender won promotion with Halifax following two semi-final defeats with the Pilgrims...
Scott Garner.Scott Garner.
Scott Garner.

Winning the National League North play-off final was Scott Garner's greatest achievement in football. Now he wants to do it all again with Boston United.

The Pilgrims defender netted the winning goal in extra-time as FC Halifax Town beat Chorley 2-1 at the Shay in 2017.

But reliving that high is not the only motivation Garner will take with him to York Street on July 25 when Boston host the winners of Brackley Town and Gateshead in the final four.

After being knocked out at the semi-final stage twice before with the Pilgrims, he wants to make sure it's third-time lucky.

Chorley pipped United on penalties in 2015 after Adam Roscoe's stunning stoppage-time equaliser saw the sides finish 2-2 on aggregate.

And the following season a 2-0 first-leg victory over North Ferriby United saw the Villagers respond with a 3-0 win north of the Humber.

"When I left Boston I always said I had unfinished business," Garner told The Standard.

"We got there twice and the first time we were so unlucky, both really. But that first semi-final when the lad for Chorley scored the overhead kick to take it into extra-time and penalties was unbelievable.

"I had great memories in the play-offs with Halifax, but now it's time to achieve it with Boston. It's a big aim for me, it'd be amazing."

Garner is gunning for his third promotion from this division with as many clubs.

But despite being part of the Alfreton Town squad which won the title in 2011, he refuses to claim it.

"I came back from injury at Grimsby Town and went to Alfreton for a couple of months on loan," he said.

"I wasn't there at the end of the year, so I don't really count that one.

"The Halifax one was my highlight in football. To score the winner in the final, it'd take something to top that, but I can try my best to level it."