A Goode day at the Bridge

For­mer Hayes de­fender warms up at Chelsea fix­ture FOOT­BALL

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

FOR­MER AFC Hayes de­fender Char­lie Goode was grac­ing the Stam­ford Bridge turf at the week­end as his re­mark­able rise up the foot­ball pyra­mid con­tin­ued.

The ex-Brook cen­tre-back strode out to com­plete the warm-up with Scun­thorpe United ahead of the Iron’s FA Cup de­feat to Chelsea in front of 42,000 sup­port­ers, in­clud­ing TV star and Blues fan Jeremy Clark­son.

Goode did not make the United squad for the 2-0 third round loss but soaked up all the at­mos­phere and got a closer look at his foot­ball idol John Terry, who also had a watch­ing brief in west Lon­don.

The 20-year-old had 30 mem­bers of his fam­ily in the Shed End to see the lat­est chap­ter in his fledg­ling ca­reer af­ter the dis­ap­point­ment of failed spells at Wat­ford and Ful­ham as a young­ster.

He had en­joyed time at Hayes’ near neigh­bours Hare­field, but it was at Farm Park where Goode re­ally started to at­tract the at­ten­tion of scouts.

A move to Hen­don fol­lowed in Novem­ber 2014 and the ea­gleeyed watch­ers fol­lowed him to Earlsmead, with the Iron fi­nally tak­ing the plunge and of­fer­ing him a pro­fes­sional con­tract.

Hayes, mean­while, had no game on Satur­day as mother na­ture put paid to their Com­bined Coun­ties Premier Divi­sion clash with Ep­som.

In the South­ern League Divi­sion One Cen­tral, Niko Muir and Bay­ley Brown were on tar­get for North­wood in a 2-2 draw with AFC Rush­den & Di­a­monds at Chest­nut Av­enue.

Uxbridge also got a game on de­spite the tor­ren­tial rain, but they were beaten 1-0 by Bar­ton Rovers at Hon­ey­croft. HAYES & Yead­ing United man­ager Garry Hay­lock is hop­ing to give de­buts to two new play­ers at White­hawk this week­end.

Hay­lock’s boys put their feet up on Satur­day as the ap­palling weather left the York Road pitch un­playable for the visit of Dart­ford.

But while there has been lit­tle ac­tion on the field of late, Hay­lock has been busy off of it and has re­cruited Dar­ren Purse and Ash­ley Lodge from Ry­man Premier out­fit Staines Town.

Purse is the more eye-catch­ing of the two ar­rivals and brings ex­pe­ri­ence of 550 Premier League and Foot­ball League matches with the likes of Birm­ing­ham, West Brom, Cardiff and Mill­wall.

He will com­bine his play­ing role at Hayes & Yead­ing with an academy man­age­ment role with Evo-Stik League South­ern Divi­sion One Cen­tral out­fit AFC Rush­den & Di­a­monds.

Purse’s im­pres­sive ca­reer has seen him com­mand trans­fer fees to­talling in ex­cess of £3mil­lion, as well as hav­ing played in a League Cup fi­nal and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing an FA Cup fi­nal from the dugout with the Lions.

Lodge is a 26-year-old mid­fielder and came up through the ranks with the Swans, spend­ing his early years on a dual reg­is­tra­tion deal with near-neigh­bours Staines Lam­mas.

He re-joined Staines Town in Jan­uary 2013 and was voted player of the year in the 2013-14 sea­son af­ter months of ex­cel­lent per­for­mances.

United lie in 18th place in the Na­tional League South go­ing into this week­end’s clash with White­hawk, who oc­cupy eighth spot in the stand­ings.

n BIG STAGE: Char­lie Goode (No 20) warm­ing up against Chelsea; (left bot­tom) Goode while at AFC Hayes; (left top) Chelsea against Scun­thorpe

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