Home sweet home for Muir
Striker glad to be back with Woods after VCD episode FOOTBALL
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.
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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