CARETAKER NOTCHES FIRST WIN
United’s winless streak is ended by caretaker boss
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.
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“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.
HEADS UP: Hayes & Yeading (in blue) clashed with Sutton at the weekend; (inset) caretaker boss Tristan Lewis