Schemer Smith is champ­ing at the bit

HAYES & YEAD­ING

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Richard Amofa tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

CHRIS­TIAN Smith is look­ing up, not down, with Hayes & Yead­ing United this sea­son.

The 27-year-old is pre­par­ing for his first full sea­son at the club, hav­ing joined from Chelms­ford City in Fe­bru­ary.

Smith, an en­er­getic midfielder, did not en­joy the most com­fort­able of starts to life at the club as they bat­tled to avoid rel­e­ga­tion from the Con­fer­ence South.

But hav­ing come through some tough tests un­der Tris­tan Lewis, United beat the drop to keep them in the di­vi­sion for the 2015-16 cam­paign.

Smith is des­per­ate to avoid another base­ment bat­tle this time round and is con­fi­dent Hayes & Yead­ing can make great strides this term.

“Per­for­mance-wise, com­pared to last sea­son, we’re a lot bet­ter,” he said. “We still have a few weeks to go and we’ve got a lot to work on but I’m sure we’ll be okay.”

The for­mer Cam­bridge City and Wrex­ham man was brought in to bring some much-needed craft and cre­ativ­ity to the side.

The Crewe-born schemer be­lieves the side can be more of a threat of­fen­sively this sea­son de­spite the con­ser­va­tive ap­proach his man­ager favours.

“We have lots of abil­ity go­ing for­ward,” Smith ex­plained. “There’s no rea­son why we can’t push on to mid-ta­ble and even higher.”

Smith played a key role in se­cur­ing the club’s sur­vival in 2014-15 and Lewis made keep­ing hold of him one of his top pri­or­i­ties.

He was one of the first of last sea­son’s squad to sign up for another crack at the league again and hopes to re­pay Lewis’s faith with his per­for­mances on the pitch.

“Tris [ Lewis] is great and it’s great to have his trust,” he added. “But ob­vi­ously with trust you have to per­form as well.

“So if you don’t per­form, you can’t re­ally ques­tion his de­ci­sions. Go­ing for­ward, though, I had no ques­tions with re­gards to sign­ing on.”

n LOOK­ING UP: Chris­tian Smith says Hayes and Yead­ing Utd will pose more of a threat go­ing for­ward this

sea­son Grant Humphreys

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