Lewis Spurred on by new man Durojaiye
Former Tottenham youth needed to provide magic FOOTBALL
HAYES & Yeading United manager Tristan Lewis has made former Tottenham and Norwich City youngster Olumide Durojaiye his latest signing after one of the craziest games he has ever been involved in at the weekend.
Lewis was sent to the stands during the fiery 3-1 defeat at Maidstone on Saturday after seeing his protests over an alleged elbow on striker Elliott Benyon fall on deaf ears and showing frustration over decisions going against the Beaconsfield Road club.
United hope to have Durojaiye added to their ranks in time for the weekend visit of Basingtoke Town and will be hoping the midfielder r can conjure up some of the magic that saw him play Premier League reserve team football for Spurs at the tender age of just 14.
Durojaiye had a spell out of the game following his release from Tottenham, although he battled back to earn a deal at Norwich and was most recently playing Ryman Premier League football for Enfield Town.
Lewis will be hoping his debut yields more joy than the trip to Maidstone and the Hayes & Yeading chief reckons it is about time lady luck started smiling on United as they look to put their recent woes behind them against the men from Hampshire.
“I was disillusioned after the game on Saturday,” he said. “It was a tough one to swallow and at the moment every key decision is going against us. Saturday was one of the craziest first halves of football I’ve ever seen.
“We told the referee about the blocks on set plays before the game and he did nothing about them and they scored from their first one.
“We got a penalty when Alex Osborn was clean through on goal and the ref didn’t send their player off. We missed it, then eight seconds later Ed Sanders did the same thing and got sent off.
“I agree that he was righ right to send Ed off, but you have to be consistent. It r really grated on us and we should’ve been a man bet better off and instead we were down to 10.
“Elliott was elbowed in the face straight in fro front of the dugout and no not one of the officials di did anything about it. Th The ball was gone and an elbow was thrown.
“I’m not going to ta take that and neither willill my staff.ff I asked the referee how he hadn’t seen it and I was then sent off.
“It was one of those games. Days like that make you question whether you want to be involved in it, but we’ll keeping going.
“Credit to the lads because they didn’t throw the towel in and put in a good performance in the second half.
“I would never say that the table lies, we probably deserve to be where we are, but the decisions are very difficult to take right now.”
Hayes & Yeading should be boosted by the return of reliable duo Ben Gerring and Adam Everitt from injury for this weekend’s game.
n BATTLING BACK: (Above) Olumide Durojaiye (right) during his Tottenham days with former Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes; (inset) Hayes & Yeading boss Tristan Lewis