Danny Allen repaying faith with goals for Hadleigh United

DANNY Allen has repaid Hadleigh United’s faith in him to the tune of 13 goals already this season.

The fast-raiding left winger joined the Millfield outfit in the autumn of 2010 from Ridgeons League Premier Division rivals Debenham LC.

However, inconsistent displays meant he was in and out of the side last season, but he has benefited from starting regularly for the Brettsiders during the current campaign.

Allen, who joined Debenham following their promotion to the Premier Division for the 2009/10 season, said: “I had already played in the Premier Division with Ipswich Wanderers, and was looking to step back up and Ben Deacon, who I know well, was already at Debenham.

“Then last season Stuart Crawford put a seven-day approach in for me and as Debenham were struggling and Hadleigh were an up-and-coming team and it meant I would linking up with Ben Deacon again, I joined Hadleigh.”

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Allen admitted that regular starts this season have seen his confidence improve – and with it a string of consistent performances.

He said: “At both clubs last season my head used to drop – I just wanted to play regular football.

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“I am playing regularly this season which has helped me as I am a confidence player. My fitness and sharpness have also benefited as a result and I have got 13 goals so far in all competitions this season.”

The 24-year-old said he should have had a hat-trick after scoring twice in the 4-1 win at home to Walsham-le-Willows earlier in the season.

“I missed a sitter two minutes from the end. The two I did score were harder chances than the one I missed when I was put through one-on-one and shot over the bar!

“My target now is to score 20 goals this season. My confidence is such that every game I go into now I think I am going to score.”

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