NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: St Ives Town manager salutes striking options as high-scoring Hall returns

PUBLISHED: 21:01 03 July 2017 | UPDATED: 21:01 03 July 2017

James Hall celebrates scoring for St Neots Town last season. Picture: CLAIRE HOWES

James Hall celebrates scoring for St Neots Town last season. Picture: CLAIRE HOWES

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St Ives Town manager Ricky Marheineke reckons his strikeforce will be the envy of many a rival Southern League Premier Division manager next season.

James Hall in action during his previous spell with St Ives Town. Picture: LOUISE THOMPSON James Hall in action during his previous spell with St Ives Town. Picture: LOUISE THOMPSON

The Saints chief has persuaded high-scoring James Hall to return for a second spell at ProEdge Westwood Road.

Hall, who also played for St Ives during the 2014/15 campaign, has become a prolific striker at Step 3 in the past 18 months.

He netted 15 goals in 18 appearances for Cambridge City towards the end of the 2015/16 season and then struck 25 times when representing St Neots Town and Kettering Town last term.

He becomes another excellent attacking option for Saints, who also have fellow frontmen Danny Kelly and Dubi Ogbonna in their squad, as they prepare for a second Premier Division season.

Marheineke said: “I’m sure James will prove to be a terrific signing and I’m looking forward to working with him again.

“He has developed into an excellent player at this level in the past 18 months, scoring a lot of goals in the process for Cambridge City, St Neots and Kettering.

“His record speaks for itself and he gives another great attacking option in addition to Danny and Dubi. I’m sure there are plenty of managers at this level who would love to have strikers of the calibre of those we have here at St Ives Town.

“It’s another signing that highlights the progress we’re making as a football club and James is definitely someone we feel can help us to kick on again.”

The arrival of Hall continues the summer theme of player movement between Saints and local rivals St Neots.

Hall becomes the third former St Neots man to arrive at ProEdge Westwood Road following deals for defender Brett Longden and midfielder Lewis Hilliard in the past month.

Five former Saints players have already signed for St Neots for next season and that number could rise to six with Jack Bradshaw now training with them.

Midfielder Bradshaw, who can also operate at right-back, was with St Ives for much of last season, after joining from Royston in November.

Marheineke may still add a defender to his squad ahead of the new campaign, which gets underway on August 12.

St Ives begin pre-season training tomorrow night (Tuesday) and face seven friendlies this summer. A home date against a Peterborough United XI on July 18 is the pick of them.

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