Matty is also my man for cap­tain

‘He’s a good leader, al­ways solid, con­sis­tent ev­ery week’

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

The 24-year-old cen­tre-half skip­pered United last term but lost the cap­taincy to for­mer Northamp­ton Town mid­fielder Har­riott for the 2014-15 cam­paign.

In­man ad­mits it was nice while it lasted but ac­cepts man­ager Phil Babb’s decision to pass the du­ties over to his team-mate, who was voted United’s man of the match in Satur­day’s 1-1 draw at Chelms­ford. He said: “It’s nice be­ing cap­tain, but to me it’s just hand­shakes and be­cause I was sus­pended for the first two games, and it’s re­ally a way of him earn­ing it be­cause of his ex­cep­tional pre-sea­son per­for­mances. I don’t need an arm­band to play my best foot­ball. I just love play­ing the game and try to play with my heart on the sleeve ev­ery week. Matty’s a good leader, al­ways solid and con­sis­tent ev­ery week.”

In­man’s old club Farn­bor­ough came back for the de­fender in the sum­mer but he re­mained un­der con­tract at Bea­cons­field Road, with Con­fer­ence South foot­ball se­cured at York Road via a re­prieve fol­low­ing trou­bles at Here­ford United.

“I spoke to Phil dur­ing pre-sea­son, and ev­ery­thing went well. The fans are in­cred­i­ble but the gaffer and Trist [as­sis­tant boss Tris­tan Lewis] were the most in­flu­en­tial but I was un­der con­tract and I love Hayes”

“You don’t want to be out of the Con­fer­ence South, it’s the min­i­mum where I want to play, rel­e­ga­tion hurt a lot, and the fi­nal day was very bit­ter sweet. It was a great per­sonal achieve­ment win­ning some awards but be­ing rel­e­gated in the con­tro­ver­sial man­ner took the shine off all that, it took a few weeks be­fore I could look at them [the man­age­ment] and it meant a lot to me, at the time I was heartbroken.”

Satur­day’s point against the Clarets means Hayes & Yead­ing had suf­fered de­feat just once in their last six out­ings, much to the de­light of for­mer Liver­pool star Babb.

“I think we’re three points off third place,” he said after Satur­day’s game. “I’m en­cour­aged by the per­for­mances.

“I think we may have lost this game last year. We’ve got that re­silience at the mo­ment. We’re pick­ing points up and that’s all I can ask of the boys. They’ve been rrific.” Hayes & Yead­ing ere due to travel

Uxbridge in the Mid­dle­sex Se­nior up last night Tues­day) be­fore os­t­ing Brom­ley his week­end. Mean­while, con­ceded twice in the last three min­utes as they went down 2-1 to league lead­ers Bore­ham Wood on Satur­day.

Johnny Wright had given the Stones, who are next in ac­tion at Chelms­ford on Mon­day, a first half lead at Meadow Park but goals from Lee An­gol and an in­jury-time win­ner from for­mer Hayes & Yead­ing mid­fielder Sam Cox con­demned them to de­feat.

Mean­while, Stones fans can look for­ward to an ex­tra spe­cial match day on Satur­day, Novem­ber 22, when Con­fer­ence spon­sor Va­narama visit their Ruis­lip home at Grosvenor Vale of­fer­ing a fun-filled day of vu­vuzel­las, mu­sic and the chance for fans to win a shirt-signed by the team.

Weald­stone face Con­fer­ence South ri­vals Con­cord Rangers on what will be a fun day for all of the fam­ily. NORTH­WOOD man­ager Mark Burgess will leave it as late as pos­si­ble be­fore rul­ing star striker Is­mael Ehui out of Satur­day’s FA Trophy clash with Wim­borne Town, writes Matt Lewis.

The Woods head to Dorset in the sec­ond qual­i­fy­ing round this week­end but could be with­out the French­man, brother of team-mate Joakim, due to a ham­string prob­lem.

He limped out of the 3-0 week­end win over Bea­cons­field SYCOB and was due to be rested for last night’s (Tues­day’s) Mid­dle­sex Se­nior Cup tie with Har­row Bor­ough.

Burgess hopes that ex­tended rest will pay div­i­dends in the free-scor­ing Woods­man’s re­cov­ery but is far from con­fi­dent of a fully-fit Ehui tak­ing his place in the squad.

He said: “Is­mael’s on fire at the mo­ment but he came off in­jured against Bea­cons­field, which isn’t good ahead of Satur­day. We’re go­ing to rest him all week and see what hap­pens. I doubt he’ll be ready though and it is a big blow. He’s been very good re­cently and he knows where the goal is, scor­ing almost ev­ery week.

“We’ve asked him to come and get games with us and if he gets a club then good luck to him. Peo­ple are en­quir­ing about him from the league above and I think he could prob­a­bly even play higher than that if I’m hon­est.

“If a good of­fer comes in you’ve got to take it. The club isn’t in a po­si­tion fi­nan­cially to of­fer him any­thing. That’s why runs in the cups, like the Trophy this week­end, are so im­por­tant for the club.

“We’ve got a bit of a run to­gether now. They are go­ing well in their league and they’ve got home ad­van­tage, which does al­ways help. We tend to do well at home and not so well away but it’s a big game for the club money-wise.”

Uxbridge, who host Did­cot Town in the Trophy this week­end, slumped to their third straight league loss as they were edged out in a 4-3 thriller with Chal­font St Peter on Satur­day.

Goals from Matty Woods and Lewis Cole along with a penalty from Dave Thomas were not enough for Tony Choules’ side who were due to en­ter­tain Hayes & Yead­ing in the Mid­dle­sex Se­nior Cup last night. AFC Hayes, who had a Mid­dle­sex Se­nior Cup date with Spelthorne Sports last night, were sunk by a stun­ning late strike from Luke Rowe as they lost 1-0 to 10-man Bed­worth United.

Mar­low are the vis­i­tors to Farm Park on Satur­day for a league game.

Mean­while, Harry New­man bagged a hat­trick while Mark Smith and Michael Chen­nels net­ted as Hare­field United thrashed Holmer Green 5-2 in the Spar­tan South Mid­lands Premier. They travel to Berkham­sted on Satur­day be­fore vis­it­ing Ampthill Town on Tues­day. In the same di­vi­sion, Hilling­don Bor­ough, who were last night due to host Sun Sports, lost 3-1 to Berkham­stead at the week­end and have no game on Satur­day.

n LOST CAP­TAINCY: (Above) Dean In­man of Hayes and Yead­ing United be­lieves Matty Har­riott (above right) de­serves the job

Photo by John-Pa­trick Fletcher/ Alan Palmer Pho­tog­ra­phy

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