Wake-up call for United

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Matt Lewis matt.lewis@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

GARRY Hay­lock hopes a 5-0 bat­ter­ing at the hands of Chelms­ford will prove a wake-up call to his Hayes & Yead­ing play­ers ahead of this week­end’s clash with Truro City.

The United man­ager was shocked by his team’s per­for­mance against the Clarets as the hosts failed to re­gain their fo­cus af­ter De­vante McKain was sent off in the first half at York Road.

Boss Hay­lock, who was plan­ning to make a few changes for last night’s (Tues­day’s) Mid­dle­sex Se­nior Cup tie with Hamp­ton & Rich­mond, ad­mit­ted his boys were sec­ond best through­out.

He said: “If that doesn’t give the play­ers a wake-up call then we’ve got some prob­lems. We didn’t play well at all and we de­served noth­ing. Some things went wrong in the game and we just didn’t cope with them. Things are go­ing to hap­pen and we need to deal with them.

“Some­times you can re-group af­ter a send­ing off. The re­ac­tion was dis­ap­point­ing and the score could have been worse to be hon­est. Dan Lin­coln pulled off some fan­tas­tic saves, in­clud­ing keep­ing out a late penalty, so it could have been more.

“It’s good to get back on the horse. There will be a re­ac­tion. I wasn’t here but we’ve al­ready been down to Truro and beaten them 2-0 this sea­son. It’s bet­ter than us hav­ing to go all that way down there, but a game is a game and we need a re­sponse. If you get beaten 5-0 at home you would ex­pect some changes.”

Hay­lock did not use McKain’s dis­missal for two book­able of­fences as an ex­cuse for the crush­ing 5-0 loss.

The 21-year-old may still be a rel­a­tively young foot­baller, but his man­ager could not understand why he made a reck­less chal­lenge that saw yel­low turn to red.

He added: “De­vante has played for Gilling­ham and Maiden­head so he’s not an in­ex­pe­ri­enced player but he’s still only a young player. I think he’ll learn from it.

“He got a yel­low w card for hand­ball which should never have been a book­ing, but then he made a silly lunge and gets an­other.

“You can say the de­ci­sion to give him the first book­ing was un­jus­ti­fied, but he then made the de­ci­sion to make that lunge, so you can’t blame the ref­eree for that.”

Mean­while, North­wood played out a goal­less draw with Ayles­bury in the Southern League Di­vi­sion One Cen­tral on Satur­day. Wayne Carter struck twice to fire Uxbridge to a 2-2 draw with Ayles­bury United.

AFC Hayes were also in­volved in a 2-2 stale­mate in the Com­bined Coun­ties Premier at the week­end as they were held at home to Chert­sey Town. HILLING­DON duo Andy Lapthorne and Jor­danne Whi­ley aim to boost their prepa­ra­tions for the NEC Wheel­chair Ten­nis Mas­ters at Queen El­iz­a­beth Olympic Park when they join Marc McCar­roll in the line-up for the Not­ting­ham In­door tour­na­ment.

Quad sin­gles fi­nal­ist at the Bri­tish Open in Not­ting­ham in July, Lapthorne’s chief ri­vals for the ti­tle this week in­clude South Africa’s Lu­cas Sit­hole, the player he fin­ished run­nerup to at the Bri­tish Open and one of three play­ers he will face at the Mas­ters.

“Th­ese next three weeks are really big for me as I look to end 2015 on a high. Af­ter reach­ing the Bri­tish Open fi­nal I want to come home from Not­ting­ham this time as the win­ner,” said Lapthorne.

“It’s an ideal warm-up for the Mas­ters, es­pe­cially play­ing on home soil. With Rio in mind hope­fully fel­low Brit Jamie Bur­dekin and I can also get an­other ti­tle un­der our belts af­ter beat­ing the Par­a­lympic cham­pi­ons in one of our two matches against them at the Dou­bles Mas­ters.”

Whi­ley won her first Su­per Se­ries ti­tle at the Bri­tish Open in July and this week she fea­tures in a field that in­cludes eight of the world’s top 10 women, in­clud­ing world No. 1 Jiske Grif­fioen, who Whi­ley was run­ner-up to at the 2014 Not­ting­ham In­door.

“I’m really look­ing for­ward to re­turn­ing to Not­ting­ham as Bri­tish Open cham­pion and will be do­ing all I can to leave this time as Not­ting­ham In­door cham­pion, too, ahead of the Mas­ters,” said Whi­ley.

McCar­roll will aim to beat higher ranked op­po­si­tion in the men’s sin­gles and also part­ners fel­low Brit David Phillip­son in the men’s dou­bles, with the Rio 2016 Par­a­lympics among their fu­ture goals.

Tick­ets for the NEC Wheel­chair Ten­nis Mas­ters can be pur­chased at www. wheelchairten­nis­mas­ters.com.

n HEAVY DE­FEAT: United boss Garry Hay­lock is look­ing for a re­sponse from his team; (be­low) Max Wors­fold in ac­tion against Chelms­ford Photo by Grant Humphreys WL156796

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