United toughen up under Lewis
SPORT New boss says change of style is vital to survival
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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