Date: Mon 29 Jan 2024

By Andy Poole


Positive impact as Albie Hall returns

After four Pitching In Southern League Division One Central games without a win, including three straight defeats, Leighton Town returned to winning ways at the weekend following a 3-1 triumph at Hertford Town.

The victory was inspired by Albie Hall who has returned to the club following a mid-season sojourn to Bedford Town.

“I’m really happy to be back here,” the 25 year-old front-man told us. “Despite returning to the group on the back of a few straight defeats, there was still a positive vibe amongst them and we were able to take this into Saturday’s game and get the three points.

“The result and performance was testimony to this and showed what we can do.

“It’s been a bit of a stop-start season for myself so far, if I am being honest. I had a good pre-season and made a decent start but then picked up a few niggling injuries that halted my progress.

“I found it hard to get back into the swing of things and started to feel pretty ineffective, which led to the move to Bedford Town where I hoped that a change of surroundings would be what I needed.

“But after a few months, I felt like a return to Leighton was the best thing for me and thankfully the Gaffer kept the door open for me to come back.”

Despite the club’s stuttering recent form, they still remain on the fringes of the play-off places, just three points off the top five and handily-placed to build upon Saturday’s success.

“It’s going to be an interesting second half of the season for sure,” added Hall with a smile. “Anyone can beat anyone and a lot of teams will fancy their chances of nicking a play-off place given how tight it is.

“It’s exciting to be involved in! The aim for us has to be to make the play-offs and then see what happens. If we can finish in the top five, it will represent a great season for us and with the togetherness and talent we have here, there is no reason whatsoever why we can’t go on and do that.

“I just want to be able to enjoy my football, stay injury-free and chip in with as many goals and assists as possible. If I can build on Saturday, I will be happy.”

The Reds return to home action on Tuesday, February 6th with a home game against Barton Rovers.

IMAGE: Andrew Parker

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