Mills aim­ing to roll Stones over

United’s mid­fielder was frozen out at for­mer club FOOT­BALL

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

JACK Mills feels he was frozen out at Weald­stone and will be hop­ing to dish out some payback when Hayes & Yead­ing United travel to Grosvenor Vale this week­end.

The 22-year-old re­turned for a sec­ond stint at United last month after mov­ing to their Con­fer­ence South ri­vals in the sum­mer.

Mills was a reg­u­lar for the first few weeks of the sea­son un­der Stones man­ager Gor­don Bartlett, but the team strug­gled to find their feet in a new di­vi­sion fol­low­ing pro­mo­tion.

Bartlett had to make changes to try and steer the club out of the rel­e­ga­tion zone and tall mid­fielder Mills was one of the ca­su­al­ties of a re­build­ing project.

Satur­day’s FA Trophy first round tie gives him an early chance for a re­union with his for­mer em­ploy­ers and Mills says he is happy to be back wear­ing the red shirt after a pro­duc­tive sea­son last time round.

He said: “I played the first 10 games and then all of a sud­den he [Bartlett] left me out of the squad.

“I said I’d had enough and end­ing com­ing back to Hayes.

“I’m very happy to be back. I just want to get game time and en­joy my foot­ball.

“The last thing I want is to turn up on a Satur­day and not en­joy my foot­ball.

“We’ve got a mix­ture this year of youth and ex­pe­ri­ence and that is what you need in this league.

“My po­si­tion doesn’t re­ally mat­ter. I’ve come here to play in mid­field but as long as I’m en­joy­ing my foot­ball that’s all that mat­ters.”

Mills was an un­used sub­sti­tute on Satur­day as Hayes & Yead­ing were com­fort­ably beaten 3-0 by lead­ers Bore­ham Wood, with Nathan Elder com­ing off the bench after re-sign­ing for the club this week.

Phil Babb’s side had the chance to re­turn to win­ning ways last night (Tues­day) when they were due to visit high-fly­ing Gosport Bor­ough.

Weald­stone faced a very dif­fer­ent propo­si­tion at the week­end in the form of rel­e­ga­tion can­di­dates Staines Town, com­ing away 1-0 win­ners in a fiery af­fair that saw two Swans play­ers and man­ager Mar­cus Gayle sent off.

The game’s soli­tary goal came dur­ing an open­ing 10-minute spell of dom­i­nance from the hosts, Daniel Brown fin­ish­ing off at the back post after a flow­ing Stones move in what could prove a vi­tal three points come the end of the sea­son.

Boss Bartlett said of this week­end’s clash with United: “We were very dis­ap­pointed at St Al­bans ear­lier in the sea­son and we owed them one. We’ve got that one done.

“At Hayes & Yead­ing, we were very dis­ap­pointed with the re­sult ear­lier in the sea­son be­cause I thought we were bet­ter than them.

“That’s another one we want to put to bed.” CHAIR­MAN Barry Stone says AFC Hayes are not help­ing them­selves by let­ting frus­tra­tions boil over onto the pitch after watch­ing his side go more than two months with­out a win.

Satur­day’s 3-0 loss at Pot­ters Bar Town was the Brook’s sev­enth straight de­feat in South­ern League Di­vi­sion One.

Ian Crane’s side have not recorded a vic­tory since the 1-0 tri­umph at Ayles­bury United at the start of Oc­to­ber and the rot­ten run leaves them rock bot­tom of the ta­ble.

To com­pound mat­ters, goal­keeper Sam Mazurek (pic­tured) faces a three-match ban after be­ing sent off for vi­o­lent con­duct in the pre­vi­ous fix­ture against St Ives Town.

“We can­not keep on blam­ing [the of­fi­cials] for our lack of dis­ci­pline,” Stone said.

“Now we will be with­out our first-choice keeper for three games which will make our ef­forts to climb out of the bot­tom places all the more dif­fi­cult.”

Hayes face a tall or­der to pick up those much-needed three points on Satur­day as they take on sec­ond-placed Bed­worth United.

Uxbridge have strug­gled for form this sea­son too but recorded a wel­come 2-0 win at Mar­low on Satur­day, de­spite miss­ing Mark Den­ni­son and Dave Thomas through sus­pen­sion.

The re­li­able duo were re­placed by re­serve team skip­per Mitchell Wise­man and Kevin Ay­o­dele, with Wil­liam Wam­beek mov­ing to cen­tre-half, and the three young­sters ex­celled.

A clean sheet was a fine re­ward for the trio and goals from Lewis Cole and a stun­ning ef­fort from Chris Moore did the dam­age for the Reds at the other end.

Tony Choules’ side were last night (Tues­day) due to take on Roys­ton be­fore play­ing host to strug­gling Leighton Town on Satur­day.

North­wood, who play Bea­cons­field this week­end, lost 5-3 at Ayles­bury de­spite another goal from come­back kid Niko Muir and two for Michael Mur­ray.

Mean­while, Harry New­man was on tar­get for Hare­field United in a 4-1 Spar­tan South Mid­lands Premier Di­vi­sion loss to Ox­hey Jets.

The Hares were last night set to play Sun Sports ahead of Satur­day’s visit of Stot­fold.

Hilling­don Bor­ough, who were with­out a sched­uled game at the week­end, travel to Kings Lan­g­ley at the week­end.

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