Nov 22 2012 By Matt Lewis
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BRANDON Hall is determined to hang on to the number one shirt with Hayes and Yeading.
Hall was handed the gloves following an injury to first-choice James Beasant at the end of October and enjoyed a winning start to his United career.
The 19-year-old arrived at Kingfield in September following a spell in Scotland with St Mirren after learning his trade with Charlton Athletic.
He came through the youth ranks at The Valley and was a regular for the Addicks at U18 level but it is only now at United that he is getting his first taste of senior football.
It has left Hall wanting more and the keeper is keen to build his experience at Kingfield by getting in as much game time as possible under boss Nas Bashir.
“I haven’t really had much experience of senior first-team football at all,” Hall told the Gazette. “When I was at Charlton, I was loaned to Margate but that is about it. It is nice to be here and it is all positive stuff.
“I was a scholar at Charlton and stayed there for two years but unfortunately didn’t get a professional contract. From there I went to the Nike Academy and then up to Scotland to play with St Mirren for three or four months – that was a big thing for me, living away from home up there at the age of 18.
“At the moment I just want to get as many games as possible. I’m happy playing here and getting game time. It has been nice to fill in. I want to try and keep things as solid as possible and keep clean sheets.
“Hopefully my performances can help the team get points. The back four seems pretty settled and the players are versatile. They all talk to me during the games, particularly people like Pele, and we discuss things in training. It’s nice to have someone with as much experience as him playing in front of you.”
Hall completed a pre-season training schedule alone but was recommended to Hayes and Yeading by his old Nike Academy pal, Tobi Joseph.