Change the key to United form

Former boss said trim­ming squad sparked turn­around FOOT­BALL

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

TRISTAN Lewis be­lieves a more har­mo­nious Hayes & Yead­ing United squad has been the key to the club’s turn­around.

Lewis de­cided to re­lease seven first-team play­ers in one of his last acts as man­ager be­fore hand­ing over the reins to the re­turn­ing Garry Hay­lock last month.

Yado Mambo,bo, Howard Hall, Ben Ger­ring, Jake Ni­chol­son, Aaron Len­nox, Bren­dan Kier­nan and Harry Grant were all shown the door shortly be­fore Hay­lock’s re­turn as boss.

Good progress has been made in the weeks since his re - ap p o i n t m e n t and Josh Scott fired Hay­lock’s side to their sec­ond vic­tory in his first five games back bk at t theth helm on Satur­day at Sut­ton.

Hayes & Yead­ing have also kept an im­pres­sive four clean sheets dur­ing this pe­riod to see them move six points clear of We­ston­super-Mare and the Con­fer­ence South drop zone.

Smiles are firmly back on faces at the Bea­cons­field Road club now and Lewis be­lieves trim­ming down the num­bers has played a ma­jor role in the re­vival.

He said: “We’re not get­ting car­ried away, we all know it’s go­ing to be hard work, but we’re pleased with the progress. We’re not where we ul­ti­mately want to be but things are look­ing a lot brighter.

“The most im­por­tant thing we did was get rid of the seven play­ers we let go be­fore Garry came in.

“That was mas­sive for us and we made that de­ci­sion be­fore he con­firmed he’d take the job.

“On Satur­day we had play­ers throw­ing their bod­ies on the line for the team.

“Some of the play­ers that we let go were good play­ers, no doubt, but we didn’t think they had the right men­tal­ity for what we wanted to do.

““Things can change qui quickly, we know that, so we’ll keep our feet on the ground. The boy boys all know he has got out of this league in the past.

“Ev­ery­one has a sm smile on their face at the mo­ment and eve ev­ery­one wants to work hard for th the team. Staff an and play­ers are all de des­per­ate to work ha hard.

“We weren’t in cr cri­sis when Garry tk took over b by any means but we all felt the time was right to make the change at the top and it looks like a good de­ci­sion so far.”

Hayes & Yead­ing will be hop­ing for an­other pos­i­tive re­sult this week­end when they host Chelmsford City at Maiden­head’s York Road.

There was no game for North­wood at the week­end as their fix­ture was post­poned due to wet weather, how­ever Wayne Carter blasted Uxbridge to vic­tory over Han­well Town and AFC Hayes were thumped 5-1 by Col­liers Wood. HILLING­DON wheelchair ten­nis duo Andy Lapthorne and Jor­danne Whi­ley both picked up run­ners-up medals at the UNIQLO Wheelchair Dou­bles Masters in Mis­sion Viejo, Cal­i­for­nia.

Ick­en­ham hero Whi­ley part­nered her close friend Yui Kamiji but they were un­able to make it a hat-trick of women’s dou­bles ti­tles as they fin­ished be­hind Dutch pair Jiske Grif­fioen and Aniek van Koot.

Whi­ley and Kamiji made the first t“break­through in the women’s fi­nal to lead 3-1 and then had three set points at 5-4 up.

How­ever, Grif­fioen and van Koot took the opener on a tie-break. Whi­ley and Kamiji then bat­tled back from 5-2 down in the sec­ond set to make it 5-4, but they could not get back on level terms and Grif­fioen and van Koot wrapped up a 7-6(4), 6-4 vic­tory.

Whi­ley said: “I’m not happy with my per­for­mance this week.

“I need to get back to work and some good train­ing and make sure I’m as well pre­pared as pos­si­ble for the NEC Masters on home soil in Lon­don. That’s my next ma­jor tar­get and I’ll be all out to end a mem­o­rable year in style.”

De­spite an early 2-0 lead in the quad fi­nal, East­cote star Lapthorne and his part­ner Jamie Bur­dekin dropped the open­ing set, but came back to win the last four games of the sec­ond and force the de­cider.

How­ever, they could not sus­tain their ef­fort and re­peat their round-robin win over Nick Tay­lor and David Wag­ner, who even­tu­ally re­tained the ti­tle 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

Marc McCar­roll was sixth for the sec­ond suc­ces­sive year, part­ner­ing fel­low Brit David Phillip­son.

n EXIT DOOR: Jake Ni­chol­son (above) and Bren­dan Kier­nan (left) have de­parted from Hayes & Yead­ing United

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