MARTIN Hall has made the most of the ‘clean slate’ approach offered by new manager Jody Bevan, stepping up several levels to earn a starting shirt in Tuesday night’s 2017/18 season opener.
The right-back made 18 appearances for the reserves in Division Two West last term, but after a determined pre-season campaign he has impressed the new Town boss.
And Hall put in a committed display against Tuffley Rovers, as the Reds returned to Premier Division football after five years away.
“Everyone had a clean slate when I came in, I wasn’t going on reputation,” explained the manager.
“Martin has come in and his attitude has been first class – he’s got through pre-season and kept his head down.
“A few people may have been surprised to see him start but not in my eyes. You need players who will be a seven out of ten every week and he did that in pre-season.
“He played well and has earnt the shirt and at the moment he’s got it.”
Fairford compete in the Emirates FA Cup this Saturday afternoon with the visit of Longlevens to Cinder Lane (3pm).