Right back for Babb guid­ance

Fer­rell said it was ma­jor rea­son for his re­turn FOOT­BALL

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Corey Ea­ton-McKnight tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

LEWIS Fer­rell says the key rea­son he has re­turned to Hayes & Yead­ing United for a sec­ond spell is to im­prove his de­fen­sive game un­der the guid­ance of Phil Babb.

The 23-year-old right back, who can play across the de­fence and in cen­tral mid­field, re­joined the club last week after be­ing re­leased by Farn­bor­ough and went straight into the United team that grounded out a 2-1 win at Ebb­s­fleet on Satur­day.

And Fer­rell says a ma­jor rea­son he had de­cided to come back was be­cause of Babb and his foot­ball knowhow.

He said: “You al­ways want to play for some­one with the ex­pe­ri­ence Babb has, play­ing in the World Cup and the top level of the pro­fes­sional game, I’m al­ways go­ing to learn a lot and be­ing a de­fender is an added bonus.

Fer­rell orig­i­nally joined United in 2011 aim­ing to kick­start his ca­reer after fail­ing to make it through the Brent­ford ranks at youth level.

He had spells at Hamp­ton & Rich­mond Bor­ough, Staines Town and most re­cently Farn­bor­ough, where he cap­tained the Hamp­shire club be­fore his re­lease.

But he’s now back where he feels wanted – and also where he is known. He added: “I en­joyed my pre­vi­ous spell at the club and with the 3G pitch and the ex­cel­lent train­ing fa­cil­i­ties and a new ground on its way, it al­ways looked the right club to come back to and push my­self on for­ward.

“I quite like the am­bi­tion of the club and train­ing is top notch. Putting in the four hours a week part time, week in week out, I don’t think I’ve had that at pre­vi­ous clubs be­cause they sim­ply don’t have the fa­cil­i­ties.”

As­sis­tant man­ager Tris­tan Lewis be­lieved Fer­rell played a mas­sive part in the side’s suc­cess over Ebb­s­fleet that lifted Hayes & Yead­ing up to sev­enth in the ta­ble.

He said: “Hav­ing Lewis back made a mas­sive dif­fer­ence, hav­ing Macca [Gary MacDon­ald] in­jured is a mas­sive blow but Lewis stepped in with the de­fen­sive tri­an­gle.

“It was a nerve rack­ing win against a well ef­fi­cient and or­gan­ised team but get­ting three points is fan­tas­tic.”

Sec­ond-half goals from LouisRae Bea­dle and Dan Wishart gave Hayes & Yead­ing vic­tory in Kent and they will be look­ing to build on that when they host Sut­ton United on Sun­day.

Mean­while, Hayes & Yead­ing’s trip to Gosport Bor­ough next Satur­day has been post­poned be­cause their op­po­nents are in FA Cup ac­tion.

Else­where, another new-boy was mak­ing an im­pact – this time Con­nor Cal­cutt at Weald­stone.

The striker, who joined on a month’s loan from Steve­nage on Fri­day, scored twice as Stones beat Hamp­ton & Rich­mond 6-0 in the Mid­dle­sex Se­nior Cup sec­ond round. Sean Cronin scored a penalty while Wes Parker, Johnny Wright and Joe Turner were also on tar­get as Stones booked a quar­ter-fi­nal spot on Satur­day.

Stones host sixth-placed Maiden­head United this week­end in Con­fer­ence South as they look for their first home league win of the cam­paign in a bid to climb away from the bot­tom of the ta­ble

But they will do so with­out striker Michael Mal­colm and de­fender Luke Pig­den who were both re­leased this week.

Boss Gor­don Bartlett

said: “Nei­ther have done any­thing wrong but I am in a sit­u­a­tion where de­ci­sions have to be made over the squad and in the po­si­tion we find our­selves.” TONY Choules in­sists ap­pear­ances can be de­cep­tive with Wayne Carter, writes Tim Street.

The Uxbridge boss ad­mits his skip­per is at least a stone over­weight, but reck­ons he can keep play­ing as long as he wants to.

Carter made his 300th ap­pear­ance for the club in last week’s FA Trophy re­play win over Rom­ford, and clocked up num­ber 301 in Satur­day’s 3-1 league de­feat to Ayles­bury United.

But Choules be­lieves a player who he has taken with him from North­wood to Hen­don and Uxbridge could be rack­ing up mile­stones for years to come.

He said: “It’s a mas­sive achieve­ment and thor­oughly de­served. It’s dif­fi­cult to de­scribe Carts be­cause he is the com­plete skip­per. He’s fan­tas­tic in the chang­ing room and con­ducts him­self well off the park.

“Op­po­si­tion man­agers al­ways say get on that num­ber six, he’s fat and slow, then come up to me at the end of the game and say that num­ber six is a hell of a player – and he gets that ev­ery sea­son.

“He’s a big boy, and to look at him you wouldn’t think he could have played 300 games for any­one, but he’s run marathons for char­ity and is a very im­por­tant part of my set up. Fa­ther Time is catch­ing up with him though. He wants to be a Steven Ger­rard box-to-box type player, but we have to put a para­chute be­hind him and tell him there’s younger play­ers to do that now. If he just sits and or­ches­trates it he will put another two years on his ca­reer.”

Uxbridge will need all of Carter’s ex­pe­ri­ence as they look to ne­go­ti­ate a tricky home tie against Hythe Town in the next round of the Trophy on Satur­day, be­fore which they were due to host Egham in South­ern League ac­tion last night (Tues­day).

Also in Trophy ac­tion on Satur­day are North­wood, who host Guernsey, and were due to travel to Ayles­bury last night fol­low­ing their 4-0 win over St Ives on Satur­day.

But AFC Hayes have a week­end off hav­ing been knocked out of the Trophy, although they were due to follow Satur­day’s 2-2 draw with North Green­ford United with a game at Roys­ton last night.

Mean­while, Harry New­man hit the only goal of the game for Hare­field United against London Tigers in the Spar­tan South Mid­lands Premier on Satur­day, but Hilling­don Bor­ough were held 1-1 at London Col­ney, de­spite tak­ing the lead through Mark Chi­jinda.

Hare­field were due to host Hert­ford in the League Cup last night, then visit Sun Sports in the FA Vase on Satur­day, while Hilling­don travel to Big­gleswade United in the league on Satur­day be­fore wel­com­ing Wod­son Park in the Chal­lenge Trophy next Tues­day.

Photo by Alis­tair Wilson www.buyapho­totms.co.uk AN146460

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