Mambo states big am­bi­tion

‘I came here to win pro­mo­tion’

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Richard Amofa tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­

HILLING­DON Bor­ough’s bid to re­turn to the Spar­tan South Mid­lands Premier at the first time of ask­ing will be spear­headed by a player with a Ry­man Premier win­ners’ medal, writes Tim Street.

New Boro boss Ian Crane has snapped up midfielder Reece Grant, who was with Weald­stone when they won the Ry­man Premier, and who also spent time on loan at Crane’s for­mer club, AFC Hayes.

He is one of many for­mer Hayes play­ers who have fol­lowed their old boss from Farm Park to Break­s­pear Road, in­clud­ing Jerome Ec­cle­stone, Paul Un­der­wood, Lee McManus and Char­lie Crane.

The man­ager said: “Most of these lads have played in the South­ern League for AFC Hayes and have Spar­tan South Mid­lands Premier ex­pe­ri­ence, so we have a good spine.”

How­ever, Crane warned Di­vi­sion One will be no walk in the park for rel­e­gated Boro, and it may take some ad­just­ing to their new sur­round­ings.

He added: “We will do as well as we can, but we may need a pe­riod of con­sol­i­da­tion, es­pe­cially as this level YADO Mambo has re­vealed Hayes & Yead­ing United man­ager Tris­tan Lewis’ pow­ers of per­sua­sion were the key to him pitch­ing up at the Con­fer­ence South Club.

Lewis snapped up the cen­tre­half as a re­place­ment for de­part­ing skip­per Dean In­man af­ter the fans’ favourite moved across to play for land­lords Maiden­head.

Hav­ing started his ca­reer at Charl­ton, big de­fender Mambo en­joyed suc­cess­ful loan stints at the likes of AFC Wim­ble­don and Shrews­bury be­fore be­ing re­leased by the Ad­dicks.

He joined Ebb­s­fleet in 2014, where he first came to the at­ten­tion of Lewis, and the United man­ager be­lieves he has signed a player with huge po­ten­tial.

And Mambo, who came through the academy at Charl­ton Ath­letic, said that the de­ci­sion to join United was a no-brainer af­ter speak­ing with the man­ager.

“Tris­tan re­ally sold the club to me,” said the de­fender. “I re­ally like the di­rec­tion that the club is go­ing in, and I want to be a part of that.”

United were em­broiled in a rel­e­ga­tion scrap for most of last will be new for both the club and for me.”

Mean­while, Hare­field United, who Boro left be­hind in the Premier Di­vi­sion, have ap­pointed Jason Shaw as man­ager to re­place Phil Granville, who has left for Han­well Town. For­mer Hare­field U18s man­ager Steve Green will be Shaw’s as­sis­tant.

United chair­man Ray Green said: sea­son but Mambo has set the club’s sights higher this term.

“I didn’t come here for another rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle. I came here to win pro­mo­tion. I think we have the right per­son­nel in the squad to kick on. And if we don’t get that then we’ll def­i­nitely aim for the play-offs.”

Tak­ing pos­ses­sion of the arm­band from In­man brings added pres­sures but Mambo, who will be play­ing along­side the re­turn­ing Ben Ger­ring, be­lieves United’s new cen­tral de­fen­sive pair­ing can soon win over the crowd.

“There’s go­ing to be pres­sure re­plac­ing Dean,” he added. “He was the fans’ favourite and he scored goals, so hope­fully I can come in do a good job and hope­fully be a fans’ favourite my­self.

“Ben’s a good lad. He’s a very funny guy and we get on re­ally well, so hope­fully we can re­flect that on the pitch. All the lads re­ally get along with each other so that will def­i­nitely help the team spirit go­ing into the new sea­son.”

United, who kick off their new cam­paign at home to White­hawk on Satur­day, this week con­firmed the sign­ings of for­mer Gilling­ham de­fender De­vante McKain, St Albans midfielder Howard Hall and North­wood striker Is­mael Ehui. “We will be start­ing from scratch as most of the play­ers fol­lowed Phil to Han­well and only two re­mained, but it hap­pens, and we bear no grudges.

“It’s a shame though, as another year might have seen Phil make the South­ern League with us.

“It will be a young side this year but we have a core of play­ers who can hold their own.”

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