Driven to play at United again

Keen de­fender is trav­el­ling up and down the coun­try

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

BEN Ger­ring is lit­er­ally go­ing the ex­tra mile for Hayes & Yead­ing after re­join­ing the club from Con­fer­ence South ri­vals Gosport Bor­ough.

The 23-year-old Torquay­born de­fender is back at United fol­low­ing his stint in Hamp­shire and a loan spell with his for­mer club Bide­ford to build up his match fit­ness.

He has re­mained good friends with cen­tre-back Dean In­man and made his come­back for Phil Babb’s side on Satur­day in the 1-0 de­feat at Farn­bor­ough, Hayes & Yead­ing’s third straight loss.

De­spite suf­fer­ing rel­e­ga­tion with the York Road club last term, Ger­ring was keen to re­turn when he got the call last week.

So keen, in fact, that he drove nearly 400 miles from his home in Devon to take part in a train­ing ses­sion with Babb and his squad on Thurs­day last week.

And Ger­ring is happy to keep putting his 4x4 to work as he com­bines foot­ball with a dis­tance learn­ing de­gree in sport and ex­er­cise sci­ence at Manch­ester Met­ro­pol­i­tan Univer­sity.

“The main thing is, if I en­joy it I’ll do it,” he ex­plained. “I’ll drive wher­ever, and it doesn’t do the Nis­san Juke any good with the mileage but it’s a good dress­ing room and a good gaffer. I love it here so I don’t mind do­ing it.

“I went to train­ing on Thurs­day but travel from Torquay and am yet to sort out any ar­range­ment. I en­joy work­ing with this lot so I want to get there as much as pos­si­ble but also, with a de­gree, I need to be sen­si­ble with it.”

Hav­ing linked up with Gosport in the sum­mer, dis­as­ter struck just min­utes into his de­but against Chelms­ford when he was forced off with a leg in­jury.

That led to his loan at Bide­ford and now to his re­turn to Hayes & Yead­ing.

“I built up my pre-sea­son – a tough pre-sea­son trav­el­ling to Gosport – worked my­self into the side, played the first game and, 42 min­utes in, I get quite a nasty in­jury,” he said.

“I can’t fault the Gosport side as they’ve been top drawer; it’s been good be­ing in and around it. I left be­cause of lack of games.

“They’ve done bril­liantly, and it’s tough chang­ing a win­ning side but, on a per­sonal note, I need to be play­ing be­cause ev­ery­one else is 20 games ahead of me.

“Now I’m back and play­ing games, it’s im­por­tant that I get up and be part of the dress­ing room. I can’t af­ford to fall be­hind any more.

“I’m so grate­ful the gaffer has thrown me back out there [against Farn­bor­ough], which will help me out quite a bit.”

Hayes & Yead­ing are at home to Hor­sham in the FA Trophy third qual­i­fy­ing round on Sun­day.

Chair­man Tony O’Driscoll is hold­ing an open fo­rum for sup­port­ers at Bea­cons­field Road to­mor­row (Thurs­day).

Else­where in Con­fer­ence South, Weald­stone had Scott McGleish to thank after the marks­man scored the only goal of the game against Con­cord Rangers to se­cure their first home win of the sea­son.

Striker Richard Jolly was on the bench, hav­ing come out of re­tire­ment for Stones, who travel to St Al­bans for an FA Trophy tie on Satur­day. UXBRIDGE have six games to save their sea­son, ac­cord­ing to boss Tony Choules, writes Jon Batham.

The Reds be­gan the cam­paign with high hopes of pro­mo­tion, but Satur­day’s 2-1 home de­feat to high-fly­ing Bed­worth was their fourth in a row and leaves them way off the pace.

Choules, whose side host Rugby Town on Satur­day, ad­mits his team are cur­rently nearer rel­e­ga­tion from the South­ern League Di­vi­sion One Cen­tral than a tilt at glory.

How­ever, he be­lieves if they can close the gap and reach the top half of the ta­ble by Christ­mas, then more am­bi­tious dreams can be rekin­dled.

“I have just given the boys a tar­get of be­ing in the top 10 by De­cem­ber 27, so we have to re­ally do some­thing in the six games be­fore then,” he said.

“If you are around half way in the stand­ings at Christ­mas, you have a chance of com­ing into the play-off pic­ture late, as it is a long four months un­til the end of the sea­son.

“At the mo­ment we are not far from trou­ble, but this is a tight league and six or seven re­sults on the spin can cat­a­pult you up the ta­ble.”

North­wood sub­sti­tute Is­mael Ehui was sent off dur­ing a 2-0 de­feat at home to in-form Chal­font St Peter.

Aaron Lan­siquot’s dou­ble did the dam­age against player/ man­ager ( pic­tured) Mark Burgess’ side, who are with­out a game this week­end be­cause Bed­ford Town are still in the FA Trophy. The Woods were, how­ever, due to take on Bar­ton Rovers yes­ter­day (Tues­day).

AFC Hayes, who are at St Ives Town at the week­end, are still prop­ping up the rest be­cause a Jerome Ec­cle­ston goal was not enough to pre­vent them go­ing down 3-1 at Ayles­bury.

In the Spar­tan South Mid­lands Premier, Garry Se­nior fired in a dou­ble but Hare­field United were still beaten 3-2 by Hadley at the week­end.

United, who were due to travel to Lev­er­stock Green yes­ter­day (Tues­day), host St Mar­garets­bury on Satur­day.

Tom Kirk notched for Hilling­don Bor­ough in their 2-1 loss at Hod­des­don Town at the week­end. They were due to visit Ampthill Town last night.

Bor­ough are on the road at Hert­ford Town on Satur­day, and host Wod­son Park in the Chal­lenge Trophy sec­ond round on Tues­day.

Photo cour­tesy of Don Bland­ford

■ GAME READY: Ben Ger­ring (left) in ac­tion for Hayes & Yead­ing against Farn­bor­ough

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