Reece Hall won the praise of his manager on Saturday after inspiring Tooting and Mitcham to a shock victory over Ryman Premier League leaders Billericay Town.
The winger scored twice as the Terrors came back from 2-1 down at half-time to win 4-2, with further goals from Bertie Brayley and Mo Habu, with Brayley’s a contender for goal of the season.
Hall was highly rated by former manager Mark Beard at Imperials Fields and his replacement, Kenny Brown, has also been impressed by the 18-year-old.
“Reece has been excellent since I came to the club,” he said.
“He gives us a good outlet going forward and can play wide or through the middle, score and create goals.
“We gave him licence to roam going forward on Saturday but worked on his positioning as well.
“It is OK letting someone be free but when you do not have the ball you have responsibilities and he is a lad you only have to tell once and he does it, Charlie Stimson is the same.
“I was very pleased with the performance of the team as a whole on Saturday and that we got three valuable points.
“Billericay are a top team, they are very physical and you have to stand up to them and we did that and passed the ball when we had it.”
Victory lifted Tooting to fourth from bottom and only one point away from escaping the relegation zone.
They go to fifth-placed Cray Wanderers this Saturday who will provide a test of a very different kind to.
“For us it is all about consistency now,” added Brown.
“But we will have to have a different mentality and be patient against Cray, they are a footballing side and do that very well.
“But we are confident and just have to continue eradicated the errors and be solid and play football.”