All aboard at United as changes con­tinue

Chair­man O’Driscoll wants new blood FOOT­BALL

Harefield Gazette - - MOTORS - By Matt Lewis matt.lewis@trin­i­tymir­

AM­BI­TIOUS chair­man Tony O’Driscoll is in the process of as­sem­bling a new-look Hayes & Yead­ing United board af­ter over­see­ing a com­plete over­haul of the pre­vi­ous regime this month.

Board mem­bers Nick Bell, Andy Cor­bett, Si­mon East, Dean Goodall, Derek Goodall, Nick Grif­fith, Trevor Grif­fith, Avril Radford and com­pany sec­re­tary John Bond have all left their roles at the Con­fer­ence South club.

O’Driscoll has been act­ing as chair­man since last sum­mer, but has only just of­fi­cially taken over from his pre­de­ces­sor af­ter rub­ber­stamp­ing his lead­er­ship with Com­pa­nies House in early Au­gust.

Gen­eral man­ager Der­rick Matthews is the only other sur­vivor from the old set-up and will con­tinue along­side the new peo­ple O’Driscoll is work­ing hard to bring into the Bea­cons­field Road out­fit.

O’Driscoll said this week: “If I’m hon­est, I’m not wor­ried whether my po­si­tion as chair­man had been con­firmed or not. It makes no dif­fer­ence to me in terms of what’s go­ing on. I sup­pose it does for the league, but it won’t make any dif­fer­ence to me day-to-day.

“We’ve got to add a few more board mem­bers and that will hap­pen in the next week or so. It’s a clean start and we thank the guys who are leav­ing for the work they have done. I’m not blam­ing any one in­di­vid­ual, but the club wasn’t in the best health when I took over.

“I want to bring my own peo­ple in. All of the pre­vi­ous board mem­bers are still wel­come to come to the games and some of them will. The peo­ple I want to bring in are foot­ball peo­ple and busi­ness peo­ple and hope­fully they will be the right choice.”

On the field, things are also look­ing up for United man­ager Phil Babb’s side af­ter a fan­tas­tic start to the new campaign. The team got six points from their first two games, the lat­est of which saw them cruise to a 3-1 vic­tory over Con­cord Rangers on Satur­day.

O’Driscoll added: “It’s been an en­joy­able start to the sea­son. Dean In­man, our cap­tain and player of the year last sea­son, was sus­pended for the first two games and we were fear­ing the worst.

“We thought any­thing we could get with­out him would be a bonus. Jok­ingly, we said ‘imag­ine if we get six points, he’ll have to stay on the bench’ and now it will prob­a­bly hap­pen. The boys have done ever so well and the back four have been su­perb. It looks solid back there.

“It was dif­fi­cult for Phil be­cause play­ers want to know which league they will be play­ing in. When you can’t tell them that, they’re not go­ing to wait.

“Once we did know where we’d be play­ing, he only had a cou­ple of weeks to re­cruit peo­ple and we had an aw­ful lot of tri­al­ists down at the club. It was only re­ally in the last week that he put it all to­gether and they hadn’t even played to­gether as a team un­til the first game. It makes it even more im­pres­sive.”

Hayes & Yead­ing will be hop­ing they can main­tain their per­fect start to the new Con­fer­ence South sea­son with an­other vic­tory at Bas­ingstoke Town on Satur­day af­ter­noon, be­fore host­ing White­hawk on bank hol­i­day Mon­day.

Mean­while, fel­low Con­fer­ence South side Weald­stone drew 0-0 at Gosport Bor­ough on Satur­day.

Scott McGleish thought he had won it in in­jury time, but his vol­ley was ruled out af­ter the as­sis­tant ref­eree spot­ted de­fender Jack Mills had a foot over the touch line from his throw-in lead­ing up to the strike.

Stones, who have drawn their first three games, en­ter­tain Farn­bor­ough on Satur­day be­fore head­ing to Ebb­s­fleet United on Mon­day.


n NOW OF­FI­CIAL: Tony O’Driscoll


n ACHIEVER: on to the ball

Emma Cro­ker holds

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