PLAY­ERS FLOCK TO PRE-SEA­SON

United boss has al­most 30 play­ers at his dis­posal FOOTBALL

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Matt Lewis matt.lewis@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

HAYES & Yead­ing United re­turned to pre-sea­son at the week­end with al­most 30 play­ers turn­ing out at Bea­cons­field Road.

Tris­tan Lewis is en­ter­ing his first full sea­son as first-team man­ager and used the op­por­tu­nity to take a look at a few tri­al­ists along­side his ex­ist­ing squad mem­bers.

Ivory Coast-born for­ward Evans Kouassi was in at­ten­dance and is be­lieved to have been rec­om­mended to the boss by for­mer Chelms­ford City team-mate Yado Mambo.

Mambo has bags of ex­pe­ri­ence and will mar­shall the de­fence next sea­son along­side the re­turn­ing Ben Ger­ring.

Kouassi im­pressed in the prac­tice ses­sions but is also be­ing mon­i­tored by Con­fer­ence Premier out­fit Wok­ing and the Cards are set to of­fer the player the chance to im­press.

United also had a look at Jhai Dhillon, the inau­gu­ral win­ner of Chelsea’s Asian Star award af­ter wow­ing the judges at the Premier League club’s Cob­ham train­ing ground in 2009 at the age of 14.

Full-back Dhillon earned a place at Steve­nage’s academy and also pitched up at the Clarets fol­low­ing his re­lease by the League One side last year.

He had loan spells at Hitchin Town, St Neots Town and Ar­lesey Town dur­ing his time with Steve­nage and is look­ing to se­cure reg­u­lar football next term.

Hayes & Yead­ing have made Ful­ham loa­nee Mag­nus Nor­man their num­ber one for next sea­son’s Con­fer­ence South cam­paign but want com­pe­ti­tion be­tween the sticks.

For­mer Han­well, Har­row and Hemel keeper Alex Tokar­czyk, who starred against United in the Mid­dle­sex Se­nior Cup for the Reynolds Field side, is be­ing con­sid­ered as a can­di­date for the role.

Lewis will over­see his first pre­sea­son game in charge when United host St Mar­garets­bury on the 3G play­ing sur­face of their fu­ture home on July 11 be­fore play­ing Slough three days later.

Else­where, QPR Ladies will re­turn to fa­mil­iar sur­round­ings in Au­gust af­ter ex­tend­ing their stay at Uxbridge FC for another sea­son.

Rangers re­main at Hon­ey­croft – home to the R’s since 2012 – for a fourth con­sec­u­tive year as Martino Che­vannes’ side pre­pare for a sec­ond suc­ces­sive term in the FA Women’s Premier League (FAWPL).

The sta­dium played host to 13 women’s games in all com­pe­ti­tions dur­ing the 2014/15 cam­paign, see­ing the Rs claim wins over Copse­wood, Keyn­sham Town and Lewes on route to sur­vival.

n IN CON­SID­ER­A­TION: Alex Tokar­czyk could pro­vide com­pe­ti­tion in Hayes & Yead­ing’s goal

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