Mac looks back for in­spi­ra­tion

Veteran de­fender’s us­ing mem­o­ries of play-off fi­nal

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

BIRTH­DAY boy Gary MacDon­ald is us­ing mem­o­ries of Hayes & Yead­ing United’s play-off fi­nal suc­cess in 2009 to help spur him on to great things again this sea­son.

Veteran de­fender MacDon­ald re­turned to United this sum­mer and is only one of two sur­vivors from the Con­fer­ence South play­off tri­umph over Hamp­ton & Rich­mond.

Del­roy Pred­die, who came out of re­tire­ment as emer­gency cover for red-carded debu­tant Fer­hat Ak­soy in Satur­day’s 3-0 loss to Bore­ham Wood, was the other.

“The last game I played here be­fore com­ing back was win­ning the play­off fi­nal so I’ve got great mem­o­ries of the club,” said MacDon­ald. “I’d love to be able to do the same as last time and help the club be suc­cess­ful again.

“Win­ning pro­mo­tion here be­fore is what you think of again when you come back. I’ve al­ways wanted to go and win things and there are some good young play­ers here, so hope­fully I can help them to­wards some suc­cess.”

MacDon­ald turns 35 this week­end on his visit to for­mer club Ebb­s­fleet, with whom he bagged an FA Trophy win­ner’s medal, and will be hop­ing for three points as his first present.

Hayes & Yead­ing will need to be at their best against a side with one of the big­gest bud­gets in the league though, with MacDon­ald in a hold­ing role just in front of the back four.

“I’ve never played in the po­si­tion be­fore, I’ve al­ways been at left back pre­vi­ously,” MacDon­ald said of the role he has taken up on his re­turn to United.

“I started play­ing there in pre­sea­son at Slough and I played there in a friendly against Hayes & Yead­ing – ob­vi­ously the gaffer quite liked it.

“I’m thor­oughly en­joy­ing play­ing in there. I’ve al­ways played be­hind play­ers who have played in that role, so I know what’s ex­pected. “I just kind of go in there and spoil it for the ppo­si­tion and hen hand it to lay­ers like Matty Har­riott] and the ide boys who an run about.” Mean­while, eald­stone were nable to top­ple on­fer­ence South aders Bas­ingstoke wn as they were aten by a gutench­ing late win­ner on Satur­day. Boss Gor­don Bartlett, who re­mained up­beat after the Stones’ nar­row de­feat to the Hamp­shire club, this week strength­ened his squad by sign­ing for­mer Nor­wich City academy prospect Matt Ball from Farn­bor­ough for an undis­closed fee.

Stones have no game this week­end be­cause their sched­uled op­po­nents Chelms­ford City are in FA Cup fourth round qual­i­fy­ing ac­tion against Bar­net.

Pho­tos by John-Pa­trick Fletcher/Alis­tair Wilson

n CREAT MEM­O­RIES: Gary MacDon­ald ex­pe­ri­enced suc­cess in his pre­vi­ous spell at Hayes & Yead­ing United; (in­set) new sign­ing Matt Ball

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