‘I’d love to be cap­tain again’

Fer­rell not afraid of in­jury ‘curse’ on H&Y’s skip­pers

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

United have lost three cap­tains in as many games this sea­son fol­low­ing in­juries to Yado Mambo, Adam Everitt and Ben Ger­ring – and are onto their fourth al­ready.

By co­in­ci­dence, who­ever was se­lected to wear the arm­band at Maiden­head last night (Tues­day) would have shaken hands with another for­mer Hayes skip­per, Dean In­man, who moved to the Mag­pies this sum­mer.

Fer­rell said: “It may seem like it’s cursed, but no­body is avoid­ing the arm­band. I would love to wear it. I’ve been skip­per be­fore at Hamp­ton & Rich­mond Bor­ough, Farn­bor­ough and Staines Town, and even here a few times.

“Los­ing Ben on Satur­day was a blow as he has been su­perb and was form­ing a good part­ner­ship with De­vante (McKain). El­liot Benyon went off in­jured too, which will be another blow as we will miss his work rate up front, a lot of which goes un­no­ticed.

“But at the same time, Is­mael Ehui (who had scored three in as many games be­fore Tues­day night) has been fan­tas­tic and will hope­fully hit the 20-goal mark. He looks hun­gry to suc­ceed, which is the men­tal­ity we have this year.

“A few of us have been in­volved in fight­ing rel­e­ga­tion for the past few years, and no­body is in­ter­ested in do­ing that again – we want to be fight­ing at the right end of the ta­ble.

“We’ve got a good mix of youth and ex­pe­ri­ence this year, and ev­ery­one has played at least one sea­son at the level above, whereas last year we mainly had peo­ple com­ing out of academies.

“There have been a lot of new faces com­ing in since last sea­son though, so it will take some time for us to gel, but we have to do it as soon as pos­si­ble.”

United fol­lowed last Tues­day’s im­pres­sive 2-0 win at Truro City, in which Ehui net­ted twice, with a harsh 4-0 ham­mer­ing at Chelms­ford City on Satur­day. They travel to Maid­stone United this Satur­day. TONY Chou­less be­lieves he can get Jon-Jo Bates’ way­ward ca­reer back on the right track at Uxbridge, writes Tim Street.

It was only four years ago, while at Bed­font Town, that Bates (pic­tured) landed his big break af­ter be­ing snapped up by Football League side Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge.

He was, how­ever, re­leased by the Dag­gers af­terft an un­hap­pyh stay at Vic­to­ria Road and has since drifted around the non-league cir­cuit with Har­row Bor­ough, Hamp­ton & Rich­mond Bor­ough, North­wood, Burn­ham and Bea­cons­field SYCOB.

But the striker has now set­tled at Uxbridge, where man­ager Choules is de­ter­mined to tap into the tal­ent which earned Bates his big move not so long ago.

He said: “I’m one of JJ’s big­gest sup­port­ers. He has got a lot to of­fer but has spent the last two years in the wilder­ness. He’s been bril­liant dur­ing pre-sea­son, and if he gets his head down he could be a top player again.”

Another re­cent ar­rival at Uxbridge is fel­low front-man Zak Joseph, who has played along­side Bates at Bea­cons­field and Burn­ham, and who is the son of for­mer Brent­ford and Wim­ble­don goal ma­chine Fran­cis Joseph.

Choules added: “I used to play at Hilling­don Bor­ough with his dad, and Zak has def­i­nitely in­her­ited his tal­ent.”

Joseph earned Uxbridge a 1-1 draw at another of his for­mer sides, North Green­ford United, with a sec­ond half equaliser on Satur­day. This fol­lows last Tues­day’s stale­mate at Go­dalm­ing, in which Uxbridge were 2-0 up af­ter nine min­utes but ended up draw­ing 2-2.

They are fifth in the South­ern One Cen­tral, but the early lead­ers, with three wins out of three, are North­wood. Max Hast­ings scored the only goal of the game at North Green­ford last Tues­day, be­fore goals from Michael Mur­ray and Ge­orge Ni­cholas earned a 2-1 win at Roys­ton on Satur­day.

North­wood were due to host Peters­field Town last night, while Uxbridge wel­comed Chal­font St Peter.


n PRO­MO­TION FIGHT: Lewis Fer­rell is hop­ing to bat­tle it out at the right end of the ta­ble this year

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