United’s win­less streak is ended by care­taker boss

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - FOOT­BALL by James Keith tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­

that has gone on to­day was built through the foun­da­tions of him. I ded­i­cate this win to Phil.”

United were in des­per­ate need of points as they ap­proached the two most cru­cial games of their sea­son against the di­vi­sion’s bot­tom two clubs, Farn­bor­ough and Staines, who can­celled each other out in a 1-1 draw on Satur­day.

“It was just one game out of nine cup fi­nals, but it was a mas­sive sense of re­lief and in fair­ness the big­gest re­lief was to get a clean sheet,” Lewis con­tin­ued. “But our mind-set is not about the teams be­low us t catch­ing the ms above us. It about col­lect­ing e jig­saw piece at ime and we need

com­plete the uz­zle. We need to mpete in ev­ery ame and try to et max­i­mum oints.

“It was a on­fi­dence boost or every­body at n the club. “We are fully aware the sup­port­ers have had a hard time and we have to put a smile on their faces, and points are what we need.

“If we can do that for an­other nine games, we’ll sur­vive.”

Hayes & Yead­ing last week waved good­bye to top scorer Pat Cox for the sec­ond time this sea­son and the player vented his frus­tra­tions on so­cial me­dia, although Lewis was not con­cerned with the out­burst.

“I know he went on Twit­ter and had a ram­page and I spoke to him about that and he apol­o­gised,” he said. “He is a pas­sion­ate lad. “We had the dis­cus­sion with him TRIS­TAN Lewis ad­mit­ted he would like the Hayes & Yead­ing United job on a per­ma­nent ba­sis, af­ter de­liv­er­ing the club’s first Con­fer­ence South win of the year.

Lewis was placed in care­taker charge of the Bea­cons­field Road out­fit ear­lier this month, fol­low­ing Phil Babb’s de­par­ture as manager by mu­tual con­sent.

He took con­trol of the team for the first time at the week­end and made a dream start by end­ing a run of 10 games with­out a victory by beat­ing Sut­ton 1-0 thanks to Adam Everitt’s goal.

Chair­man Tony O’Driscoll has been in­un­dated with ap­pli­ca­tions for the va­cant post with the likes of Ru­fus Brevett and Kevin Gallen all in­ter­ested in tak­ing the reigns.

Lewis, also un­der con­sid­er­a­tion from O’Driscoll, did his chances no harm with Satur­day’s win and ded­i­cated the tri­umph to the for­mer Liver­pool de­fender.

“It is mad­ness at the mo­ment,” Lewis said.

“I am con­trol­ling the first-team, re­serves and the youth team and if Tom O’Driscoll wants me take con­trol that’s great. How­ever, if we re­ceive an of­fer from some­one who we be­lieve could be great for the foot­ball club I’ll hap­pily let them take con­trol.

“But I have to say, Phil is a great friend of mine and a lot of work that he wasn’t go­ing to play ev­ery week and we couldn’t af­ford to pay his wages. I mean, that’s life.

“He is still a friend of mind and he’s gone to Fleet and there are no hard feel­ings from us around that.”

Mean­while, Weald­stone’s poor home form re­turned with a vengeance at The Vale on Satur­day as Mikel Suarez’s dou­ble eased Bishop’s Stort­ford’s rel­e­ga­tion fears with a 4-1 win at The Vale.

Photo by Grant Humphreys www.buyapho­ WL151424

HEADS UP: Hayes & Yead­ing (in blue) clashed with Sut­ton at the week­end; (inset) care­taker boss Tris­tan Lewis

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