Collins makes it third time lucky

Come­back king bags a goal after trav­els up north FOOT­BALL

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

TOM Collins re­joined Hayes & Yead­ing for a third time this week but the striker doesn’t re­gret leav­ing the club to head north two years ago.

The 22-year-old goal man spent the past cou­ple of years at Stock­port County and Hyde but slipped through the trap­door with both clubs.

It was a brave decision for the young for­ward to re­lo­cate and he re­turned to the area per­ma­nently this sum­mer, hav­ing come back on loan briefly in Fe­bru­ary 2013, to sign for United’s Con­fer­ence South ri­vals Weald­stone.

Things didn’t work out un­der Gor­don Bartlett though and, after a brief stint at Hamp­ton & Rich­mond, the striker pulled on the red shirt again on Satur­day.

He made his mark too, net­ting the win­ner in a 2-1 tri­umph over Bishop’s Stort­ford, and hopes his ex­pe­ri­ences else­where will ben­e­fit his H&Y team-mates.

He said: “I loved it up there, it was an ad­ven­ture.

“I don’t re­gret go­ing up there for one minute. I be­lieve it has made me a bet­ter player. It was a bit of a trek up there but once I was up there I was fine.

“Of course my fam­ily, friends and girl­friend are down here. Ev­ery­thing is down here re­ally but it’s nice to try some­thing dif­fer­ent. That’s what life is all about.

“It was a chance to play in the Con­fer­ence Premier and I think it re­ally is a dif­fer­ent game in the Con­fer­ence South. It’s much more phys­i­cal in this league.

“You get more time on the ball in the Con­fer­ence Premier. It is a bit more ratty at this level and I need to learn to re­lease the ball more quickly.”

Hayes & Yead­ing boss Phil Babb had no hes­i­ta­tion in bring­ing Collins back on board and was pleased to see the move yield in­stant re­sults in the win over Stort­ford.

“It was a good win, with a lot of chances, ex­cel­lent pro­fes­sion­al­ism,” Babb said of the Stort­ford per­for­mance. “We just want to col­lect as many points as pos­si­ble, and build up a mo­men­tum.

“There’s a full round of mid­week fix­tures this week, and we want to keep in touch with the play-offs and lead­ers. The league is our main fo­cus at the mo­ment, after last sea­son we just want sur­vival.”

Hayes & Yead­ing were last night (Tues­day) due to take on Staines Town.

Collins’ old club, Weald­stone grabbed a share of the spoils as they held big-spend­ing Ha­vant & Water­looville 2-2 on Mon­day night with Scott McGleish and James Ham­mond find­ing the net.

The game threat­ened to boil over at times and Stones boss Gor­don Bartlett and Ha­vant man­ager Lee Brad­bury were both sent to the stands after a chal­lenge by Hawks mid­fielder Scott Don­nelly caused a melee but no play­ers were shown a card.

That came after they picked up their sec­ond vic­tory of the sea­son on Satur­day with a 2-1 win at We­ston-Su­per-Mare where McGleish was again on tar­get be­fore Tom Hamblin grabbed the win­ner. HARE­FIELD must avoid get­ting caught up in Vase fever and con­cen­trate on their pro­mo­tion push, writes Jon Batham.

So said boss Phil Granville this week, fol­low­ing the hares’ dra­matic 3-2 ex­tra-time cup suc­cess over Welling­bor­ough Town in the sec­ond qual­i­fy­ing round on Satur­day.

Ben Gill proved the hero, strik­ing in the fi­nal min­utes of nor­mal time and then in ex­tra­time to set­tle a tie which looked to be slip­ping away in the sec­ond half un­til the vis­i­tors were re­duced to 10 men with quar­ter of an hour left.

A visit to Sun­day Sports now awaits in the first round on Satur­day, Novem­ber 1, but three more Spar­tan South Mid­lands Premier games start­ing with Satur­day’s visit of London Col­ney come be­fore then.

So with Hare­field rid­ing high in the ta­ble, Granville wasted no time stress­ing where his pri­or­i­ties lie, call­ing his side to fo­cus on their bread and but­ter league cam­paign.

“Our pri­or­ity is to win enough games to be up there chal­leng­ing,” he said. “We want to put in a pro­mo­tion push and we feel we have the squad ca­pa­ble of do­ing that.

“London Col­ney is un­der new man­age­ment and the boy who scored all their goals last year isn’t there any­more, so they are a bit of an un­known quan­tity for us.

Be­fore host­ing London Col­ney, United were due to wel­come Col­ney Heath last night (Tues­day).

Di­vi­sional ri­vals Hilling­don Bor­ough’s Vase ex­ploits are over for another year after they went down 4-2 10-man Wem­b­ley, this after lead­ing 2-1 through Danil­son Vin­cente and Mark Chi­jindu. Bor­ough were due to travel to Lev­er­stock Green in the league last night be­fore host­ing Hadley on Satur­day.

Else­where, in South­ern Di­vi­sion One Cen­tral AFC Hayes recorded back-to-back wins for the first time this sea­son as Ricardo Faux-James’ early goal was enough to take the points at Ayles­bury United.

Ian Crane’s side were aim­ing to make it a hat-trick at Leighton Town last night and they host neigh­bours North­wood on Satur­day.

Woods also won at the week­end in their first com­pet­i­tive game on an ar­ti­fi­cial 3G pitch at Bed­worth with Is­mael Ehui and Nana Asamoah’s sec­ond half strikes clinch­ing vic­tory after they trailed 1-0 at the break.

Mark Burgess’ side were due to host St Ives Town last night be­fore that trip to AFC Hayes at the week­end.

Uxbridge tasted vic­tory beat­ing high-fly­ing Ayles­bury 3-1 with Kevin Warner giv­ing them a first half lead dou­bled by Lewis Cole’s vol­ley four min­utes after the break.

The Moles halved the deficit with 20 min­utes left, but Dave Thomas set­tled nerves slot­ting home from the spot after Matt Woods had been fouled.

Tony Choules’ troops were due to host Bea­cons­field SYCOB last night and then head to Ket­ter­ing Town on Satur­day.

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