‘I’ll spend to keep us out of trou­ble’

SPORT Chair­man keen to avoid an­other rel­e­ga­tion battle FOOT­BALL

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By James Keith & Matt Lewis tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

PAS­SION­ATE Tony O’Driscoll has vowed to in­vest in Hayes & Yead­ing United’s play­ing squad over the sum­mer to avoid an­other Con­fer­ence South scrap for sur­vival next sea­son.

United signed off for the sea­son with a dis­ap­point­ing 3-0 de­feat to St Al­bans City to see them fin­ish one place above rel­e­gated Farn­bor­ough and Staines Town.

It has been yet an­other tur­bu­lent year for Hayes & Yead­ing as the threat of clo­sure loomed over the club un­til a life-sav­ing £300,000 cash in­jec­tion was se­cured ear­lier this month.

That fund­ing will al­low chair­man O’Driscoll to get work restarted on their un­fin­ished Bea­cons­field Road Sta­dium and he is al­ready tar­get­ing De­cem­ber for a pos­si­ble re­turn to the bor­ough.

United have ar­ranged an­other ground share with Maiden­head for next sea­son but have in­serted a win­ter break clause into the agree­ment with the York Road club to al­low them to leave.

Crip­pling fees of more than £1,000 a game to play in Berk­shire had put the club at break­ing point and O’Driscoll was forced to seek the mas­sive ex­ter­nal in­vest­ment.

With the fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion now clearer for the Mid­dle­sex side, the Hayes & Yead­ing chief has ex­pressed his de­sire to bring in fresh blood and push for greater things in 2015-16.

“I don’t want to be in this sit­u­a­tion again be­cause we’ve had this two years run­ning now,” O’Driscoll said of the club’s on and off-the­field strug­gles.

“For the last two years we’ve had no money, but now we have some money, of which most will be go­ing into build­ing the sta­dium.

“But we don’t owe any­body any money and all other money com­ing in will be put into the play­ing side.

(Above) Em­manuel Mon­the on the ball for Hayes & Yead­ing United against St Al­bans; (right) the U18s are pre­sented with their tro­phy

“So play­ers will come in, which will keep the sup­port­ers happy, and we won’t be scrap­ping next year.

“Our key play­ers who we want to keep on have been spo­ken to al­ready and they seemed happy.”

While new faces will ar­rive from other clubs, O’Driscoll is also keen to point out that the club’s U18s are ti­tle win­ners and the chair­man pre­sented the team with their sil­ver­ware be­fore Satur­day’s game.

Two of that tri­umphant squad, man­aged by in­terim first-team boss Tris­tan Lewis, fea­tured in the loss to St Al­bans and United ex­pect more young­sters to make the step up.up

“The ma­jor­ity of the young­sters at our club will be com­ing through the sys­tem and should be play­ing next year in the league,” O’Driscoll added.

“We won’t be hav­ing the re­serves next year as the new U21s di­vi­sion will come in.

“At the mo­ment Tris­tan is in con­trol of the first team, re­serves, U18s and the academy so I think we need to get some­one else in to help out.” UXBRIDGE fin­ished the sea­son with a stormy stale­mate at Bea­cons­field SYCOB’s Hol­loways Park.

The Reds se­cured a point late on thanks to Dave Thomas’ (pic­tured) neat fin­ish two min­utes from time to see them end the cam­paign in 12th po­si­tion in the South­ern League Di­vi­sion One Cen­tral.

But it was some bizarre de­ci­sions from Ge­of­frey Rus­sell which dom­i­nated the match as three play­ers were sent for an early bath by the of­fi­cial.

SYCOB had taken the lead when Kofi Lock­hart-Adams teamed up with Vic­tor Osubu to set up Aaron Berry, whose shot was par­ried by Paul McCarthy and fell kindly to Char­lie Losasso to score his first goal in a Rams shirt.

Then, 10 min­utes from time, the game ex­ploded in a mass brawl of play­ers over the award of a free-kick and Uxbridge full-back Danny Brooker and SYCOB’s Lock­hartA­dams were both shown straight red cards.

Bea­cons­field’s Ro­maine Walker was soon fol­low­ing them down the tun­nel as he was shown a sec­ond yel­low card for div­ing.

North­wood ended the cam­paign in 10th spot with a 2-2 draw at Bed­ford Town and al­readyrel­e­gated AFC Hayes bowed out with a 3-1 loss to Leighton Town at Farm Park.

In the Spar­tan South Mid­lands Pre­mier, where Hayes could well be play­ing next sea­son, Hilling­don Bor­ough won 4-2 at home to Hod­des­don Town and Hare­field United edged Berkham­stead 1-0.

FC Bridge se­cured con­sec­u­tive pro­mo­tions this week, guar­an­tee­ing the club’s place amongst the Mid­dle­sex County Sun­day League Pre­mier Di­vi­sion elite next sea­son.

In just two years, Bazza Walsh’s side has won three tro­phies and gone from Di­vi­sion Two to the Pre­mier.

“This is huge for the club. We’re ready for the chal­lenge of next sea­son and we can’t wait,” said a de­lighted Walsh.

Heathrow Club picked up two tro­phies to mark a suc­cess­ful de­but sea­son in Di­vi­sion Two of the Mid­dle­sex County League Sun­days Di­vi­sion Two.

They beat UB6 United 4-3 af­ter ex­tra-time to claim the Di­vi­sion Two cup and ended top of the pile do­mes­ti­cally to cap off a fine year.

Matthew Deas, Ge­orge Blower, Scott Red­man, Char­lie Bid­dle, Lee Chit­ten­den, Dean Blower, Jamie O’Con­nell, Joseph Jones, Sam Dun­hue, Michael Rus­sell, Jay Fer­ris, Jak Win­ter, Jack Box­all, Curtis Good­win, Duane Far­rar, Aaron Gobi­nathan and Ryan Simp­son made up the vic­to­ri­ous squad.

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