Striker ‘mixes’ it like Lineker
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.
n END OF DROUGHT: Pat Cox scores his second goal for Hayes & Yeading against Wealdstone