Home sweet home for Muir

Striker glad to be back with Woods af­ter VCD episode FOOT­BALL

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Jon Batham tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

NORTH­WOOD’S Nico Muir has de­cided – for now at least – there is no place like home.

The 23-year-old striker re­turned to Woods for a third spell at the start of this sea­son af­ter a brief spell with VCD Ath­letic.

He ad­mits the frus­tra­tion of jug­gling work with ex­tra trav­el­ling when not guar­an­teed a start­ing shirt got to him at VCD, who are based near Dart­ford.

So when the chance to link up with boss Mark Burgess and his old pals of­fered it­self, he did not think twice about head­ing back to Chest­nut Av­enue.

“I prob­a­bly got frus­trated too early at VCD,” he said. “I played about eight games and then the last few I was sub.

“I was a bit on and off there. I was play­ing and then I wasn’t and I didn’t like it. North­wood is like home to me and at the age I am I just want to play.

“I don’t want to travel far and then sit on a bench and not play be­cause I will be los­ing my sharp­ness. I would rather try and play ev­ery game.”

His com­ments come in a week when an­other for­mer Woods striker, Oliver Hawkins, made it to the promised land of the pro­fes­sional game with Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge via a stop at Hemel Hemp­stead.

Muir de­nied he lacks sim­i­lar am­bi­tion and claimed he would have an­other crack higher up the pyra­mid next year should the chance present it­self.

For now though, af­ter net­ting twice in a 3-0 win over Chal­font St Peter on Satur­day, the fo­cus is get­ting the men of Chest­nut Av­enue into the end of sea­son play-off scrap.

“The thought of play­ing league foot­ball is still in the back of my head, but I don’t fo­cus on it be­cause if I fo­cus on it too much I’ll lose my game,” he added.

“If it comes to it I’ll just have to think about it dif­fer­ent- ly – when the time comes I will com­mit to it and not get frus­trated with my­self.

“Next year I’ll prob­a­bly try and go higher and stick at it for a year and see what it is like. If it does not work then at least I’ll know I’ve tried.

“For now I’m just go­ing to stay here, en­joy my foot­ball and try to help us make the play­offs.”

The next stop on that jour­ney comes with Satur­day’s visit to ti­tle-chas­ing Chal­font St Peter.

Else­where in South­ern League Divi­sion Cen­tral, Uxbridge were held to a 1-1 draw at Arlesey Town. AFC Hayes saw their game with Bad­shot Lea fall vic­tim to the weather. EAST­COTE star Andy Lapthorne has fin­ished run­nerup in the quad dou­bles wheel­chair tour­na­ment at the Aus­tralian Open, writes Jake Evans.

The world num­ber four was paired up with Aus­tralia’s Dy­lan Al­cott, who went on to win the sin­gles ti­tle in front of his home crowd.

How­ever, the pair lost out 6-3, 6-1 to South Africa’s s Lu­cas Sit­hole and the USA’s David Wag­ner.

Else­where, Jor­danne Whi­ley, from Ick­en­ham, and her team mate Lucy Shuker were un­lucky to lose out in their bid to reach the women’s dou­bles fi­nal.

The duo won their se­cond set but were even­tu­ally de­feated by Dutch top seeds Jiske Grif­fioen and Aniek van Koot, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-3.

Whi­ley said: “I’m ab­so­lutely gut­ted to be out of the tour­na­ment.

“I gave it ev­ery­thing I had out there to­day but it was just not to be – con­grat­u­la­tions to Jiske and Aniek.

“There are a lot of pos­i­tives that we can take from this match and af­ter a long three weeks, I am look­ing for­ward to get­ting back home and work­ing hard with my team.”

n RE­TURN: Nico Muir, right, in ac­tion for North­wood

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