Strut­ton loss a blow for United

Loan striker heads home af­ter fail­ing to find fit­ness FOOTBALL

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Matt Lewis matt.lewis@trin­i­tymir­

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

Photo by Rob Bourne www.buyapho­ WL155355

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