Striker Collins is back four more with United
Forward re-signs for Hayes & Yeading in bid to fulfil potential
EMMA McConnell struck late as Denham United Ladies’ senior development squad won a thriller away at Godalming.
McConnell struck in the final minute to clinch the three points in a game which swung one way and then the other.
Vicky Elliott and Alissa Down quickly had Denham 2-0 ahead, but a defensive mix-up just before half time halved their advantage.
Worse followed after the break as a quick-fire double whammy by the hosts saw them steal 3-2 in front. However, Eva Ramsey levelled once
The 23-year-old re-signed for United in the summer from Hampton and Richmond but personal circumstances prevented him from making an impact under Tristan Lewis.
Collins is now back at the club for the fourth time and manager Garry Haylock seems willing to give him one more chance to fulfil his undoubted potential.
He said: “I didn’t know him before. I had seen him play but he had some personal family issues and decided to step away from the game for a while.
“But he had it in his head that more before McConnell stole the show at the death.
The seniors were not Denham’s only comeback kings as the U14s battled to a 3-2 win away at Watford. The teenagers trailed twice to their near neighbours, but cancelled out the arrears thanks to goals from Courtney Woolley and Niamh Reynolds, setting the scene for a Naomi Hickey strike to complete the turnaround.
Meanwhile, the U15s bagged an easier three points when opponents Woking where unable to raise a team. The first team will have to wait for the weekend to get their shooting boots back on after their game was postponed. he wanted to get back into football and get playing again after Christmas so we were the first port of call for obvious reasons. Tristan talked him up – he was certainly worth a look and did well when he came in so we need to keep him involved and interested.”
However, Haylock has insisted there will be no room for luxury players in his squad as United prepare for a relegation battle.
And he has indicated that Collins will need to knuckle down to get first team opportunities, having made just a few substitute appearances all season.
He said: “I kept looking at Hayes & Yeading over the last three years and knew who he was and that he had some quality, but players of that kind of ability tend to only play if they want to do it.
“Ability-wise there is no question he could be a big player for us, but unfortunately it is never just about ability.”
United had no game at the weekend but were due to visit Weston-super-Mare last night.
Two players departed the club in the run-up to the game, with Mason Spence joining Hitchin and Devante McKain hooking up with former Yeading boss Drax Hippolyte at Staines Town.
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