Kitscha en­joys Eng­land call-up

Keeper only the sec­ond United player to get call FOOT­BALL

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Corey Ea­ton-McKnight and Matt Lewis tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­

CALUM Kitscha en­joyed his taste of the in­ter­na­tional scene with Eng­land C but in­sists his pri­or­ity re­mains help­ing Hayes & Yead­ing im­prove on last sea­son’s poor show­ing.

Kitscha be­came only the sec­ond United player to get a call up to the na­tional non-league side when Three Lions boss Paul Fair­clough named him in his squad to train at St George’s Park.

Kitscha went up to the na­tional foot­ball cen­tre in Bur­ton for two days ahead of Eng­land’s forth­com­ing clash with Turkey, fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of for­mer H&Y favourite Tom Cad­more, who is the club’s only other pre­vi­ous rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

He said: “The fa­cil­i­ties were sec­ond to none. Ev­ery­thing about it was bril­liant and I re­ally en­joyed the whole ex­pe­ri­ence. If I never go back again, at least I can say I’ve been there, done it and played well there.

“I al­ways set my­self aims at the start of the sea­son, and one of them is to play ev­ery game for Hayes.

“If I do get the call up it’s a bonus, but my pri­or­ity is Hayes.”

How­ever, Kitscha was un­able to pre­vent Hayes & Yead­ing ex­it­ing the FA Cup at the sec­ond qual­i­fy­ing round on Sun­day as they were beaten 1-0 by St Al­bans at York Road, watched by Eng­land C chief Fair­clough.

And while the young keeper could not keep out the Saints at the week­end, he be­lieves H&Y man­ager Phil Babb is close to find­ing the cor­rect for­mula.

“We’ve got a good squad and the at­mos­phere around the club is good,” he added.

“We’ve got a much more ex­pe­ri­enced side this year and the play­ers have the abil­ity to dig in and get re­sults as we’ve seen in pre­vi­ous weeks. We just need that click, but it isn’t there at the mo­ment.”

Kitscha’s in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion has in­creased Babb’s ur­gency to tie down his star to a con­tract at York Road.

The H&Y chief said: “The stock has risen in Calum and more clubs will be after him sooner rather than later. We are wor­ried about los­ing him and have held talks at times to sign a con­tract with the club.”

Else­where, in the FA Cup, Uxbridge were beaten 5-1 at Brom­ley and Weald­stone were held to a 1-1 draw by Con­cord Rangers.

Bet­ter news came from AFC Hayes as Ricardo Faux-James and Tobi Ak­in­jirin struck to seal a 2-0 win over Daven­try Town, while Michael Mur­ray was on tar­get in a 3-1 loss for North­wood at home to Han­well Town.

There were good wins for Spar­tan South Mid­lands Premier pair Hilling­don Bor­ough and Hare­field United against Holmer Green and Cock­fos­ters re­spec­tively. NORTH­WOOD’S Sandy Lodge Golf Club is cel­e­brat­ing wins in two of Hert­ford­shire’s premier golf­ing ti­tles.

First up, Jor­dan Lawrence and Stu­art Pa­trick won the 2014 In­ter­club Four­somes at East Herts GC with a 36-hole score of 144 (two over par) in the four­somes medal for­mat.

The sec­ond tri­umph came when Sandy Lodge de­feated Harpen­den Common 6½-5½ in the de­cid­ing match of the 2014 Herts Di­vi­sion 1 Scratch League, in a ‘win­ner takes all’ sce­nario, with both teams able to take the ti­tle with a win.

Harpen­den Common had the ad­van­tage of be­ing able to draw the match to take the ti­tle, but Sandy Lodge had a de­ci­sive 2½-1½ lead after the morn­ing four­somes.

With the af­ter­noon sin­gles halved 4-4, Sandy Lodge, who have now been in Di­vi­sion One for 16 con­sec­u­tive years, lifted their first ti­tle in six years, and third ti­tle over­all.

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