Concord's Hallett aims to keep scoring run going against Hastings

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JASON Hallett has set his sights on at least 30 goals this season, as well as some more starts for Concord Rangers in the league.

The striker moved top of the Echo Golden Boot chart when he took his season’s tally to 21 on Tuesday with the opener in the Beachboys’ 2-0 league cup quarter final win over Wroxham.

An eye-catching 18 of those goals have come in the cups, and the ex-Chelmsford man says he’s sure he can replicate that form in the Ryman Premier.

“I would like to get to 30 goals now, and with a run in the team I think I can do that,” said Hallett, who’s already surpassed his previous season’s best total of 15 goals with Canvey last year.

“I’ve enjoyed playing in the cups, but I hope I’ve persuaded the manager I’m now ready for some more league starts.

“Every time I’ve been asked to play I can only do what I’ve done, and that’s score goals. I do feel I should have started more games, but for whatever reason that has not been the case.

"Obviously Tony (Stokes), Harry (Elmes) and me have all contributed with a lot of goals so far.

“But I think Saturday against Bury was only my sixth league start of the season and I’ve scored three goals in the league, so hopefully I can get a few more now.”

Tuesday’s win over Wroxham means it’s just one defeat from their last 17 matches for the Beachboys. That has seen them recover from a disappointing start to the season to become serious promotion contenders, and move into the semi finals of two cups.

Hallett says they would probably take a guaranteed play-off spot above all else right now, but admitted he was “greedy” enough to want at least one piece of silverware from the Ryman league cup or Essex Senior Cup as well.

When asked what Hallett put his good recent goal-scoring form down to, he said he felt he’s benefited from extra training sessions at the club, along with some inspiration words from manager Danny Cowley.

He said: “Dan has a few favourite quotes he likes to get us ready for matches with like ‘we’re in a good place right now’, and ‘we’re all pulling up trees’. It’s all very motivational stuff!”

Concord host fourth-from-bottom Hastings United at the Aspect Arena today. The pitch has been cleared of any excess water, and this morning the club confirmed the game is definitely on.

It will be a dress rehearsal for the sides’ Ryman league cup semi final on February 19.

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