Striker ‘mixes’ it like Lineker


Harefield Gazette - - ADULT SERVICES 18+ - By Matt Lewis matt.lewis@trin­i­tymir­

HAYES & Yead­ing’s derby hero Pat Cox has re­vealed that Eng­land goal-ma­chine Gary Lineker was the in­spi­ra­tion for his dou­ble blast against Weald­stone.

The pow­er­ful striker found the net twice in the first half to se­cure a 2-1 vic­tory over the Stones at York Road on Satur­day.

It was the first time Cox name had ap­peared on th score­sheet this sea­son and the for­ward ad­mits he had been grow­ing con­cerned about his lack of goals.

United boss Phil Bab pro­vided some use­ful advi which came in the form of the for­mer Tot­ten­ham, Le­ices­ter and Barcelona ace.

Cox said: “I texted the gaffer and asked him what I’ve got to do to score a goal this year. He sent me back loads of ad­vice and told me to be like Gary Lineker.

“He pointed out that Lineker used to make five runs to the near post, five through the mid­dle and five at the far post in ev­ery game. “Phil told me I’ve got to mix it up be­cause I was just wait­ing the ball to come to e too much. At­tack he near, at­tack the mid­dle and at­tack the far, like Gary Lineker (pic­tured).

“That lit­tle bit of dvice re­ally helped

It was per­fect ad­vice from some­one who has ex­pe­ri­ence of play­ing in the Premier League.”

Cox’s first of the af­ter­noon came from the penalty spot after he was hauled down by Stones de­fender Sean Cronin.

Cronin pro­vided a tough test for the Hayes & Yead­ing man, but one that he rel­ished and Cox was par­tic­u­larly pleased with his sec­ond goal after beat­ing the de­fender in the air.

He added: “It’s like the old London buses; you wait for one for ages and then two come along at once. It’s re­ally nice to get off the mark and I’m re­ally pleased.

“To be hon­est, I don’t know how I man­aged to get my neck around his [Cronin’s] head for the sec­ond one. I was de­lighted to score the two.

“I think the ref spoilt it a lit­tle bit be­cause he booked me, and then I can’t jump and chal­lenge be­cause he’ll just send me off. It was a good bat­tle, though, against two good cen­tre halves.”

Cox will be hop­ing to add to his tally against Ebb­s­fleet this week­end.

Weald­stone were aim­ing to get their first win yes­ter­day (Tues­day) against Bath City. On Satur­day the Stones travel to Con­cord Rangers.

Weald­stone Ladies went down 4-2 to AFC Wim­ble­don De­vel­op­ment in Greater London Women’s Foot­ball League Di­vi­sion One. Natalie Os­man and Danielle Forde were on tar­get.

But there was bet­ter news for the re­serves in Di­vi­sion Two (North) as a Ruby Juchau brace and a goal from An­nie Hewitt gave them a 3-1 win over Tower Ham­lets. ICK­EN­HAM’s Jor­danne Whi­ley made ten­nis his­tory on Satur­day by be­com­ing the first Bri­tish player to win a cal­en­dar year Grand Slam after part­ner­ing Ja­pan’s Yui Kamiji to win the women’s dou­bles wheel­chair ten­nis ti­tle at the US Open in New York.

Whi­ley and Kamiji, the 2014 Aus­tralian Open, Roland Gar­ros (French) and Wim­ble­don cham­pi­ons, beat reign­ing US Open cham­pi­ons Jiske Grif­fioen and Aniek van Koot of the Nether­lands 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to be­come the first non-Dutch part­ner­ship to win all four women’s dou­bles wheel­chair ten­nis ti­tles at the four ma­jors in the same year.

No Bri­tish ten­nis player had ever pre­vi­ously won the same event at all four Grand Slam tour­na­ments in the same year.

“I can’t de­scribe how I feel to make his­tory. I’m so proud of achiev­ing this for Bri­tish ten­nis,” said 22-year-old Whi­ley. “I’ve been through a whole mix­ture of emo­tions to­day. I felt sick on court with the heat and all the nerves, but now I’m so happy and, as I said after Wim­ble­don, it’s suc­cesses like this that help re­pay all the support of fam­ily and friends, and the support from the Ten­nis Foun­da­tion and UK Sport.”

Eastcote’s Andy Lapthorne com­pleted a mem­o­rable two days for Hilling­don’s elite play­ers on the Ten­nis Foun­da­tion’s Wheel­chair Ten­nis Per­for­mance Pro­gramme by tak­ing his first Grand Slam sin­gles ti­tle in the US Open quad sin­gles.

The world num­ber two is a three-time Aus­tralian Open quad dou­bles cham­pion and he reached his first Grand Slam quad sin­gles fi­nal in Mel­bourne in 2013. How­ever, after mak­ing his US Open de­but last sea­son, he signed off in spec­tac­u­lar style on his re­turn to New York, beat­ing Amer­i­can world num­ber one and two-time cham­pion David Wag­ner 7-5, 6-2.

“For the US Open to be my first Grand Slam is so spe­cial be­cause I love this place, the whole city is just great.

“I’ve vi­su­alised that match point be­fore and when it hap­pened I couldn’t be­lieve it! That’s what I’ve al­ways dreamed of,” said an emo­tional Lapthorne.

Photo cour­tesy of Alan Palmer Pho­tog­ra­phy

n END OF DROUGHT: Pat Cox scores his sec­ond goal for Hayes & Yead­ing against Weald­stone

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