Crane ready for Boro chal­lenge

SPORT For­mer Hayes boss takes over at trou­bled Hilling­don FOOT­BALL

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Jon Batham tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­

Crane has been out of the game since resigning from his post as AFC Hayes boss in De­cem­ber but has been keen to take on a fresh chal­lenge.

Hayes were even­tu­ally rel­e­gated af­ter their poor cam­paign and will play in the Com­bined Coun­ties Pre­mier next term.

Bor­ough would not be ev­ery­one’s choice, par­tic­u­larly given the re­cent un­cer­tain­ties sur­round­ing their Ruis­lip home and the fact they were rel­e­gated from the Spar­tan South Mid­lands Pre­mier last sea­son.

How­ever, Crane claims given the cal­i­bre of player bend­ing his ear, his ‘lost’ week­end is look­ing more and more like one well spent.

He said: “I was in­ter­viewed on the Wed­nes­day, given the job Thurs­day and my bank hol­i­day was then ru­ined as my phone never stopped ring­ing.

“It will be worth it though be­cause what has sur­prised me is the level of player pre­pared to come here – that’s go­ing to raise a few eye­brows.

“I al­ways knew play­ers would come who have been with me be­fore, but the level of some oth­ers is sur­pris­ing given the money they could earn at other clubs chas­ing them.

“I have got 10 or 12 signed up al­ready, one of whom was of­fered a move to the Ry­man Pre­mier when he was with me at AFC Hayes, so that shows you the level of player we are talk­ing about.”

Ben ‘Rolls-Royce’ Dyett was one such player to at­tract ad­mir­ing glances when with Crane at Farm Park, but Crane was giv­ing no names away just yet.

How­ever, he con­firmed an­other for­mer Brook boy def­i­nitely com­ing aboard as player coach is Ricky Michel.

“Ricky is al­most re­cov­ered now from the cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment dam­age he suf­fered when with me at Hayes,” he said.

“He is do­ing his UEFA B badges at the mo­ment so will take quite a bit of the train­ing, which will help me a lot.”

Crane claims his bat­ter­ies are fully recharged and he is ready for the chal­lenge of re­viv­ing the for­tunes of a club who only a decade ago were in the FA Vase fi­nal and who in their pre­vi­ous guise as Hilling­don Bor­ough twice ap­plied to join the foot­ball league.

He feels a club with such his­tory de­serves a bet­ter present and he re­vealed he is even talk­ing to a few of their stal­warts from bet­ter days, who are con­tem­plat­ing a re­turn in a bid to make that a re­al­ity.

“First it is about con­sol­i­dat­ing a team which has been slip­ping the wrong way and then turn­ing the ship around,” he added.

“One or two for­mer play­ers have been in touch, some of whom I tried to sign at AFC Hayes, and I’d like to get them in­volved and see if we can get a buzz back about the place again.”

Else­where, Hayes & Yead­ing have spo­ken to four for­mer strik­ers, in­clud­ing last sea­son’s goalscorer El­liot Benyon, about re­turn­ing to the club next sea­son.

Tris­tan Lewis has also added for­mer Hamp­ton & Rich­mond boss Paul Barry to his back­room staff. ICK­EN­HAM star Marc McCar­roll was part of the Great Bri­tain’s men’s wheel­chair ten­nis team (pic­tured) who se­cured a his­toric first World Group ti­tle at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup in An­talya, Turkey.

Debu­tant Al­fie Hewett, 17, and Gor­don Reid gained straight sets wins in their sin­gles rub­bers to give Great Bri­tain a 2-0 victory over France to win Bri­tain’s first gold medal in the World Group in 30 years of World Team Cup par­tic­i­pa­tion.

Team GB ends the In­ter­na­tional Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion’s flag­ship wheel­chair ten­nis team event, the sport’s ver­sion of the Davis and Fed Cups, with two medals af­ter the GB women’s team won bronze on Fri­day with a 2-0 win over Ger­many.

Last year Reid, McCar­roll and David Phillip­son, three-quar­ters of this year’s team, won GB’s first men’s bronze medal since 1989, again cap­tained by Karen Ross.

“It’s been a great team ef­fort,” said McCar­roll, who part­nered Phillip­son to com­plete victory for Great Bri­tain over Bel­gium ear­lier in the week en-route to the semi-fi­nals.

“Gor­don and Al­fie both stepped up to­day and per­formed re­ally well. We couldn’t have done this week with­out the help and sup­port of the Ten­nis Foun­da­tion, UK Sport and the Na­tional Lot­tery. A mas­sive thank you and well done also to Karen, who has cap­tained the team to make his­tory this week. It has been such an hon­our rep­re­sent­ing our coun­try at this bril­liant event.”

Bri­tish num­ber two McCar­roll was last night (Tues­day) set to com­pete in the ITF 1 Se­ries Korea Open.

Mean­while, McCaroll’s fel­low Ick­en­ham star Jor­danne Whi­ley, who is now com­pet­ing at the French Open, teamed up with Lucy Shuker and Louise Hunt to clinch their sixth medal in seven years in the women’s World Group, win­ning bronze af­ter beat­ing Ger­many 2-0. HAR­LING­TON NET­BALL LEAGUE RE­SULTS

La­dy­birds 32 Grasshop­pers1 27; Grasshop­pers Vets 30 v Charville Ben­netts 56.

Burns 25 v Fu­sion 24; Grasshop­pers2 25 v Blaze Hur­ri­canes 52.

Charville Black 49 v St Joseph’s 36; Pink Ladies Light­ning 31 v IKB7 28; Breez­ers 28 v Blaze Light­ning 34; Ted­ding­ton Thun­der A 39 v Brent­ford Night Owls 47.

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