Striker Collins is back four more with United

For­ward re-signs for Hayes & Yead­ing in bid to ful­fil po­ten­tial

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

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.

n BACK AGAIN: Tom Collins

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