Matt’s fin­ish a Messi spe­cial

United’s loan star give him nick­name af­ter solo goal FOOT­BALL

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

THE Hayes & Yead­ing United squad have nick­named their recent arrival ‘Lionel Messi’ af­ter his in­cred­i­ble solo goal helped sink Bath City.

Matt Jay joined the club on a youth loan from Ex­eter last month and made an im­me­di­ate im­pact by net­ting on his de­but in a 2-2 draw with Truro.

But the 19-year-old re­ally an­nounced him­self on Satur­day with a stun­ning in­di­vid­ual ef­fort which broke the dead­lock and set Hayes & Yead­ing on their way to a dra­matic 3-2 vic­tory.

Jay latched onto a loose ball, skinned a Bath de­fender on the edge of the area and made his way past two more be­fore non­cha­lantly slot­ting the ball into the far cor­ner.

It was the kind of goal fans are more used to see­ing at the Nou Camp than at Tw­er­ton Park and United man­ager Garry Hay­lock has re­vealed Jay’s team-mates have an ex­tremely high opin­ion of the hot­shot.

“Our play­ers are call­ing him Messi,” the boss said. “He’s ob­vi­ously not at that level and ac­tu­ally I don’t think he’s that type of player. He’s got very good feet but he’s more of a link man than Messi.

“One of my jobs at Ex­eter last sea­son was to get play­ers sent out on loan and a lot of clubs didn’t want to take him. They thought he was too small. When I came here there were three from Ex­eter I wanted to bring in and two of them scored for them in the FA Cup on Satur­day. Matt Jay was the other one.

“MJ has the abil­ity to play at a higher level. I don’t think there’s any doubt about that and I would ex­pect to go back and play for Ex­eter in their first-team.

“The man­ager is look­ing at these play­ers on loan and it is eas­ier for him to keep an eye on MJ be­cause I am still on his staff. I can give him my opin­ion on him.

“I think he needs a run of maybe 10 to 15 games to get him ready. He’s done very well but has got to con­tinue that.

“If he plays for 15 games for us and scores 10 or 12 goals then we’ve had the ben­e­fit of him and then he will go back to Ex­eter and they will see the ben­e­fit of him.

“It’s a youth loan so there’s no cut-off point yet but we said we’d look at it af­ter a month. We’ll have a con­ver­sa­tion in a few weeks and prob­a­bly speak af­ter Christ­mas.

“It’s a long jour­ney for Matt as well so it may be that he wants to go back, but I think we’ll re­view it in the New Year.”

Hayes & Yead­ing re­turn to ac­tion with the visit of Sut­ton United on Satur­day in a re-ar­ranged fix­ture at York Road.

Else­where, Uxbridge and North­wood both played out 1-1 draws in the South­ern League at the week­end as they held St Ives Town and Egham re­spec­tively.

AFC Hayes picked up a point from a goal­less draw at Red­hill in the Com­bined Coun­ties Pre­mier. HILLING­DON Swim­ming club made a splash with two stun­ning dis­plays at ma­jor events.

A string of su­perb in­di­vid­ual re­sults in the Lon­don Win­ter Re­gional Cham­pi­onships was fol­lowed by a con­vinc­ing team win in round two of the Lon­don Re­gion Pre­mier Divi­sion of the Na­tional Arena League.

First, swim­mers trav­elled to the Lon­don Aquatic Cen­tre at the Olympicmpic Park for the first re­gional open meet of the 2015/16 sea­son.

The team put in some out­stand­ing per­for­mances, none more so than 16-yearold Amy Grimshaw, who won the ju­nior and se­nior 100m but­ter­fly in her first out­ing in nine months due to in­jury.

Four other Hilling­don swim­mers came home as re­gional cham­pi­ons (pic­tured above with Grimshaw).

Luke Spain won the se­nior 100m breast­stroke, Al­fie Collins, 15, won the 16/ un­der 200m breas­troke and the 16/un­der 400m in­di­vid­ual med­ley.

Ceara Barber, aged just 13, took gold in the 16/un­der 100m back­stroke and Loulou Vos 16 won the ju­nior 400m freestyle.

There were more podium places for Hilling­don too, with Loulou Vos tak­ing sil­ver in both the 16/un­der 800m freestyle and the 16/un­der 200m freestyle, and Barber in the 16/un­der 200m back­stroke. Jemima Hall, 14, came third in the 16/un­der 800m freestyle and the 16/un­der 200m freestyle, Amy Grimshaw took the bronze in the 16/un­der 200m in­di­vid­ual med­ley and Vos in the 16/un­der 100m freestyle.

Hilling­don swim­mers fin­ished in the top six in a fur­ther seven events, to make this a fan­tas­tic start for the club to the sea­son.

A week later and HSC headed to Har­low to com­pete in the Lon­don Re­gion Pre­mier Divi­sion of the Na­tional Arena League.

Af­ter win­ning round one, the club romped home in first place in the sec­ond as they fin­ished with a com­fort­able 40-point lead.

Head coach John Adye said: “Our swim­mers showed ex­cel­lent rac­ing skills, re­sult­ing in con­sis­tent points be­ing gained over the en­tire event. With eight teams com­pet­ing, our swim­mers were placed in the top six in all 50 races and in the top three in 39 of them.”

Hilling­don won with 319 points while run­ners-up were Eal­ing with 279 and Cam­den Swiss with 258 points.

The top eight teams in the Pre­mier League will now go head-to-head in the third round on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 12.

HSC is hop­ing to se­cure a place at the Na­tional Fi­nals in April 2016.

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