Matty is also my man for captain
‘He’s a good leader, always solid, consistent every week’
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