LET loose to cause havoc, Kieran Leabon has relished his new freedom in the Bury Town team by bagging goals in back-to-back Ryman League games.
The pacey forward netted just seven times last season during a frustrating spell that saw him feature on the right wing more often than not.
However, after missing the best chance of the match during the Blues’ 1-0 loss to Hendon last week, Leabon has earned redemption with superb displays infield, playing just off the frontman against Hastings United and Billericay Town.
He said: “I’m playing a position I really love — just in behind the striker, as opposed to being out wide.
“Because we don’t tend to play out wide as much, I didn’t see as much of the ball as I would like.
“It was a little bit frustrating playing out wide because there are more restrictions, whereas the role I am playing has a lot of freedom, and everyone loves to be free.
“It was good to get a couple of goals because I have got them in me, they just don’t come along as often as I would like.”
Leabon — who hit a hat-trick during Bury’s Zamaretto Division One Midlands title-clinching match against Marlow in 2010 — also admitted the respect Bury earned by storming to third place in their first season in the Ryman Premier has made things more difficult for them.
“People know what we are about now,” he said. “Teams are going to come here and get men behind the ball to make it hard for us to break them down.
“Even though we are still relative newbies in this league, people give us their respect and try to make it as difficult as possible for us.”
And with an unerring belief among the Ram Meadow camp that Bury can challenge again, Leabon feels the Suffolk outfit can earn promotion if they perform to their potential.
“Lats season we would have been happy with mid-table and it just so happened we made the play-offs,” he added. “I don’t think it was a fluke. We went out and worked hard for the position we ended up in.”