United toughen up un­der Lewis

SPORT New boss says change of style is vi­tal to sur­vival

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

Chair­man Tony O’Driscoll placed Lewis in care­taker charge of the first-team fol­low­ing for­mer Liver­pool de­fender Phil Babb’s de­par­ture by mu­tual con­sent.

He de­liv­ered in­stant suc­cess by pick­ing up the club’s first three points of 2015 at the first at­tempt as United won 1-0 at Sut­ton at the start of the month.

Hayes & Yead­ing dou­bled up with a cru­cial 2-0 win over rel­e­ga­tion ri­vals and kept a third clean sheet on the bounce in last week’s goal­less draw with Staines Town.

Lewis’s brand of foot­ball might not be the most stylish seen in the Con­fer­ence South this sea­son, but it halted a run of 10 games with­out a win un­der Babb.

A sec­tion of the club’s sup­port were vo­cal in their dis­en­chant­ment with the Swans per­for­mance but the new boss says points are more im­por­tant than flair at this stage.

They suf­fered their first de­feat un­der the new manager on Satur­day, los­ing 4-2 to Hemel de­spite new faces Ge­orge McLen­non and Rob­bie Matthews scor­ing, but Lewis is adamant there has been progress.

“We’re harder to beat.” Lewis stated.

“We play less foot­ball and we’ve re­alised we need to get points on the board and there is a cer­tain style of play we need to stick by to pre­vent what hap­pened

New Hayes & Yead­ing boss Tris­tan Lewis has been crit­i­cised for his style, de­spite get­ting seven points out of a pos­si­ble nine last year, be­cause I don’t know if peo­ple re­mem­ber but we got rel­e­gated last year and we should be in the Ry­man Pre­mier League.

“We have the low­est bud­get in the league. We are fight­ing and we have to play like that un­for­tu­nately. Sup­port­ers have been crit­i­cal and there has to be a sense of re­al­ism. My job is to keep us in this league and at this rate we will do that.”

Lewis has been given the top job un­til the end of the sea­son and has been charged with keep­ing the club up.

He is not let­ting the job ti­tle go to his head though and is more in­ter­ested in putting points on the board than call­ing him­self gaffer.

“What­ever is right for the club, I’ll do it,” he added. “I mean it is just about pick­ing up points at the mo­ment and that’s the men­tal­ity we’re por­tray­ing.

“I know it is frus­trat­ing for sup­port­ers be­cause we don’t want to play like that ev­ery but the fact is we kept one clean sheet in 30 games. We then had three in three, but peo­ple don’t seem to re­spect that.”

As the Gazette went to press, a de­ci­sion was due af­ter talks with a po­ten­tial in­vestor on Mon­day night as United bid to raise the £300,000 needed to re­main in busi­ness next sea­son. AFC HAYES con­tin­ued their battle to beat the drop with a draw at Bea­cons­field SYCOB on Satur­day.

The Brook are fight­ing rel­e­ga­tion at the bot­tom of the South­ern League Di­vi­sion One Cen­tral and ev­ery point is vi­tal at this stage of the sea­son.

Paul Palmer’s ( side are seven points adrift of Leighton Town and the safety net with six games to go and 18 points left to play for this term.

They were un­lucky not to take all three at the week­end af­ter tak­ing the lead through Eu­gene Asante’s headed sec­ond-half opener at Hol­loways Park.

Only a goal-line clear­ance from SYCOB’s Alex Mur­ray mo­ments later pre­vented the vis­i­tors from putting day­light be­tween the two strug­gling teams.

Bea­cons­field fin­ished strongly and grabbed a share of the spoils nine min­utes from time when Omari Pa­trick fired past Melvin Min­ter.

Next up for the Brook is a home clash with an Ayles­bury side who were held to a 1-1 stale­mate by bot­tom-of-the league North Green­ford this week­end.

Hayes will hope to get points on the board quickly and their rel­e­ga­tion dog­fight could go right down to the wire in a real fi­nal-day six-pointer, with Leighton, on April 25.

Else­where in the di­vi­sion, ris­ing Uxbridge star Mitchell Wiseman put in a fine per­for­mance as the Red Army played out an ex­cit­ing 2-2 draw with lead­ers Ket­ter­ing Town.

The young cen­tre-half can­celled out Sandy El­liott’s quick­fire opener for the Pop­pies be­fore Matty Woods put the hosts in front and David Kolo­dyn­ski lev­elled the score­line.

Uxbridge keeper Rourke Pick­ford was called into late ac­tion and pulled off a stunning save to deny Kolo­dyn­ski the win­ner for the ta­ble-top­pers. The Reds play Mar­low on Satur­day.

Mar­low go into that one hav­ing been sunk by Is­mael Ehui’s dou­ble blast for North­wood at the week­end. The Woods take on Bedworth next.

In the Spar­tan South Mid­lands Pre­mier Di­vi­sion, Danny Ben­nell, Ryan Egan and Harry New­man strikes saw Hare­field United beat Lev­er­stock Green 3-1.

Mikel Stareyshin­ski and a late An­thony Hickey penalty se­cured a 2-2 draw for Hilling­don Bor­ough at home to Big­gleswade.

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