Strutton loss a blow for United
Loan striker heads home after failing to find fitness FOOTBALL
The former AFC Wimbledon striker had been on loan with United but has returned to Braintree Town early after failing to prove his fitness following ankle surgery.
Hayes & Yeading manager Tristan Lewis had hoped the diminutive forward could find his feet again in the Vanarama National League South by getting a run of games under his belt.
However, he was not in the squad for the weekend stalemate with St Albans City and Lewis confirmed the player has gone back to his parent club.
Lewis said: “He’s just not fit enough. I’ve had a good chat with Charlie and Braintree but at the moment he’s just not ready.
“There’s nothing against him as a lad, he’s good as gold and he’s working hard, but he just doesn’t look right at the moment.
“It’s too early in his recovery and his month-long loan was pretty much over anyway so we wish him all the best with getting his fitness back.
“We’re trying to build a culture at the club and make sure we’re giving people like Dylan Kearney a chance rather than bringing in more loans.
“We’ve got no loans in the team at the moment. We’re trying to go down a slightly different route than we have done before.
“There’s two or three areas we’re trying to strengthen but it is difficult given the resources we’ve got. It takes time to build the right group. Every year for the past four years has just been looking no further than the very next game but we want people to think about the bigger picture now.
“I’m a developer and I want to develop players. That’s the culture that we’re trying to create and that might come at the cost of results in the short term but it will turn for us.
“Occasionally that might frustrate supporters but they will get the reward in the long term.
“This weekend’s FA Cup tie is absolutely massive. Nobody needs to remind us of how important the FA Cup is to any football club.”
Uxbridge are also in FA Cup second qualifying round action this weekend as they travel to Dartford for a tricky looking tie and are going into the match on the back of a 2-0 loss at Ware.
Northwood, beaten 4-1 at Beaconsfield on Saturday, are still in the hat too. They host Didcot Town at Chestnut Avenue.
Elsewhere, AFC Hayes drew 1-1 at Epsom & Ewell and welcome Horley Town to Farm Park on Saturday. EASTCOTE CC ended a fantastic Middlesex Division Two season with promotion back to the Premier League after a winning draw against Wembley.
The Squirrels were reliant on the Shepherd’s Bush result, but their title rivals managed a win against Uxbridge CC on the final day.
Australian James Rosewarne played an instrumental role throughout the season, contributing 399 runs and taking 42 wickets as the third top wicket taker in th e league, which also came after season best figures of 6-45.
And the captain and vice-captain duo Chris James and Matt Savage helped lead the team by example, with James accumulating 526 runs to finish the top domestic batsman in the league.
Savage finished second in the league’s wicket-taking rankings, collecting 43 wickets and five five-fers with a best of 6-19.
Eastcote’s great finish to the season means they will face the likes of national T20 champions Ealing and rivals Stanmore.
Meanwhile, Eastcote seconds managed to survive in the Premier League against all odds, securing a convincing 10 wicket victory against Hornsey while Twickenham lost.
And the fourth team beat Hayes thirds by eight wickets with a superb knock of 78 not out by youngster Tom Hudson to win the Thames Valley League Division 7B.
n ANKLE SURGERY: Charlie Strutton is returning to parent club Braintree United
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