Striker Woods inspires Uxbridge to su­per win

Boss praises stal­wart but re­fuses to get car­ried away FOOTBALL

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­

EAST­COTE CC ham­mered Ac­ton to stay a point clear at the top of the ta­ble ahead of this Satur­day’s pos­si­ble ti­tle de­cider against sec­ond-placed Shep­herds Bush.

East­cote started steadily be­fore the loss of Phil Bell (24), caught AF­TER a tur­bu­lent sum­mer of com­ings and go­ings, Uxbridge boss Tony Choules is just happy one re­main­ing con­stant is striker Matty Woods.

The for­mer AFC Hayes front­man bagged his 50th goal for the club as the Reds kicked off their new South­ern One Cen­tral sea­son in style on Satur­day, beat­ing one of the pro­mo­tion favourites, Roys­ton Town, 3-1.

Choules said: “Matty will be mas­sive for us again. I’m al­ways field­ing phone calls re­gard­ing him, but he just loves play­ing for Uxbridge. He’s turned down a lot of good of­fers to stay be­cause he en­joys it down here, which is ex­cel­lent news for us.” be­hind just be­fore the drinks break, be­fore young guns Aman Lo­tay (83) and Rahul Wi­jer­atne (66) pushed the score on with some su­perb bat­ting.

Wick­ets then started fall­ing faster as 153-2 be­came 177-5, but some ex­plo­sive bat­ting from Greg Fury (34no) saw East­cote post a com­pet­i­tive score of 233-7 de­clared from 50 overs. When the Ac­ton opener was dropped on the first ball of their

Choules is not get­ting car­ried away with Satur­day’s win, how­ever, and knows tough times lie ahead, start­ing with last night’s trip to Go­dalm­ing.

He added: “We’ve got a whole new squad be­cause of our cir­cum­stances. It’s the money side of it, we’ve not been able to sat­isfy in­nings it looked like East­cote would be made to suf­fer, with Matt Sav­age, who could have had two wick­ets in his open­ing over, cut­ting a frus­trated fig­ure.

How­ever, his first scalps soon fol­lowed, with Je­han Jef­ferie also chip­ping in, to leave Ac­ton reel­ing at 15-3, which soon be­came 55-7, with Sav­age tak­ing 5-35 from nine the needs of those who left and have cut our cloth ac­cord­ingly.

“It’s been a bit of a re­build, but it’s prob­a­bly been a bless­ing in dis­guise as we’ve been able to dis­cover the young tal­ent we’ve got com­ing through.

“We’re un­der no il­lu­sions though, it will be an ex­tremely hard sea­son. While we didn’t ex­pect to beat Roys­ton, we have to keep our feet on the ground and just look to fin­ish in a re­spectable po­si­tion.”

In the same di­vi­sion, North­wood had an even more im­pres­sive open­ing day, ham­mer­ing rel­e­gated Ar­lesey Town 5-0 to top the ta­ble af­ter the first round of games.

New sign­ings Louis Stead, Jon Mun­day, Myles Stephen­son and Max Hol­land made their de­buts, but it was an old face, Michael Mur­ray, who led the way with a hat-trick. overs and Jef­ferie (2-30).

Change bowlers James Wose­warne (2-5) and James Cor­bett (4-1) then came in to mop up the tail and seal vic­tory for East­cote, bowl­ing out Ac­ton for a mere 82 from 19.5 overs.

In the same di­vi­sion, Uxbridge slipped to within one place and 12 points of the rel­e­ga­tion zone fol­low­ing a 42-run de­feat to Hornsey.

Boss Mark Burgess said: “To be fair, no­body ex­pected that, but I won’t read any­thing into it. It takes 10-12 games be­fore you can have an idea of how your sea­son will pan out, and the league ta­ble means noth­ing un­til March.

“We fin­ished 10th last sea­son, so we’re just look­ing to im­prove on that. We’ve al­ways been slow starters and don’t get go­ing un­til Oc­to­ber, so this was a nice change.”

Mean­while, rel­e­gated AFC Hayes got life in the Com­bined Coun­ties Premier off to a los­ing start, go­ing down 1-0 at Ash­ford Town (Middx).

Over in the Spar­tan South Mid­lands League, Hilling­don Bor­ough’s bid to bounce back to the Premier at the first time of ask­ing got off to a good start with a 5-1 win at Bal­dock, while in the Premier, Hare­field United went down 3-0 at home to Hadley.

n CON­STANT: Matty Woods

Clive Tagg

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