Lewis fired up by new strik­ers

Boss hop­ing faces will end scor­ing prob­lem HAYES & YEAD­ING

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Matt Lewis matt.lewis@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

United have been lack­lus­tre in front of goal this sea­son and Pat Cox, who left the club back in early De­cem­ber, re­mains top of the scor­ing charts with seven strikes.

You have to look all the way down to Dean In­man, a cen­tre-half, and winger Rhys Mur­rell-Wil­liamson to find Hayes & Yead­ing’s joint lead­ing scor­ers on two goals apiece.

How­ever, boss Phil Babb has brought in plenty of new fire­power in re­cent weeks as the likes of El­liot Benyon and for­mer Read­ing prospect Ni­cholas Big­nall have pitched up.

And man­ager as­sis­tant Lewis reck­ons that fresh im­pe­tus will help find a first league win in six games when they make the short trip to Weald­stone this week­end.

“I hon­estly think we’ve turned the cor­ner,” Lewis said.

“The boys trained on Satur­day as we didn’t have a game. We’ve got to get some min­utes into some play­ers so they need to be work­ing. We try and win ev­ery game.

“We had a real prob­lem scor­ing goals but we think we’ve ad­dressed that.

“Ni­cholas Big­nall is go­ing to be a good player for us and he’s only just get­ting him­self fit. Ju­nior Ogedi-Uzokwe is some­thing of a wild card for us and he could be any­thing.

“El­liot Benyon has been fan­tas­tic as well and Tom Derry from Alder­shot looks like a good player.

“We’re re­ally pos­i­tive. Jim Fen­lon wasn’t fit enough to play when he first ar­rived but he’ll get there and will be sign­ing on the left.

“We’ve got one or two ar­eas we still want to strengthen, but when we do that we hope the re­sults will turn for us. “The boys have en fan­tas­tic

train­ing and ope­fully we’ll e that soon on he pitch. It’s is­ap­point­ing to ose Matt Ruby ut he thinks he eeds some time away from the game.” Lewis was last week sen­sa­tion­ally linked with an in­cred­i­ble bid to take con­trol of Con­fer­ence Premier side Torquay.

Lewis was a guest in the di­rec­tor’s box for their 2-1 de­feat at Al­trin­cham and was in Devon for a meet­ing at the club last week.

How­ever the United as­sis­tant con­firmed to the Gazette he was only play­ing a mi­nor role in the changes to be made at Plain­moor’s academy setup.

He will be mak­ing no fi­nan­cial in­vest­ment, adding: “Peo­ple have put two and two to­gether and come up with seven.”

Hayes & Yead­ing are through to the Mid­dle­sex Se­nior Cup semi-fi­nals after knock­ing out Weald­stone 2-1 on Mon­day night. NORTH­WOOD re­turned to win­ning ways this week in spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion as they put five past Egham Town.

De­spite de­feat last week, braces from Niko Muir and Is­mael Ehui (pic­tured) meant they cruised to a 5-1 vic­tory in their South­ern League Di­vi­sion One Cen­tral clash, hav­ing been beaten by St Ives seven days ear­lier.

The Woods were look­ing to avenge a 4-1 de­feat in the re­verse fix­ture in Septem­ber and it did not take long for Muir to open the scor­ing as he got on the end of a Rob Hast­ings cut back.

Muir grabbed his sev­enth goal in 10 games as he cut in from the left and let fly a pow­er­ful shot that soared into the top cor­ner and dou­bled his side’s lead.

Any chance of an Egham come­back was ruled out when Josh An­drew was given a straight red card in the 64th minute.

North­wood dom­i­nated with the ex­tra man and in­creased their lead in the 75th minute when Muir un­selfishly squared the ball for Ehui to tap into an empty net.

Danny Wil­liamson grabbed a con­so­la­tion for Egham in the 86th minute, but this only spurred on the home side as Ehui net­ted his sec­ond in the fi­nal minute of nor­mal time, be­fore Nana Asamoah com­pleted the scor­ing deep into in­jury time.

North­wood will host Daven­try Town this week­end as they look to build on this im­pres­sive per­for­mance.

Mean­while, old habits die hard as AFC Hayes re­turned to los­ing ways with Bar­ton Rovers putting four past them at Farm Park. They will look for a much im­proved per­for­mance when they host Ayles­bury this Satur­day.

Tony Choules’ Uxbridge played out a thrilling 3-3 draw with St Ives, but would have been dis­ap­pointed not to take all three points after they went in at half time with a 3-1 lead. They will travel to Bar­ton Rovers next week­end.

In the Spar­tan South Mid­lands Premier Di­vi­sion, Hilling­don Bor­ough drew 3-3 on the road at Hadley with An­thony Hickey, Paul Somers and Lewis Kock get­ting on the score­sheet for Boro.

Hare­field threw away a 2-0 lead at London Col­ney to lose the game 3-2.

Both sides have home fix­tures next week­end fac­ing Wem­b­ley and Hod­des­don Town re­spec­tively.

n NOT FOR­GOT­TEN: Pat Cox (above) is still Hayes & Yead­ing’s top scorer, de­spite de­part­ing in De­cem­ber; (in­set) Rhys Mur­rell-Wil­liamson is the sec­ond joint top scorer at present

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