United ready for the crunch
Crucial clashes will be key to saving the season FOOTBALL
Things are very tight at the bottom of the National League South as 10 or more clubs could easily be sucked into the drop zone before the end of the season.
United’s 2-0 defeat at Eastbourne Borough on Saturday left them just two points above the relegation places going into last night’s (Tuesday’s) trip to Whitehawk.
The gap between mid-table and the trapdoor is around three victories and any one of the clubs embroiled in the dogfight could easily pull clear with a string of positive results.
Hayes & Yeading boss Garry Haylock felt his boys were unlucky at Boro and is excited by the prospect of a reunion with a face from his past in Monday’s derby with Wealdstone.
“I thought we played okay and we even marginally shaded the game,” Haylock said of the 2-0 reverse on Saturday.
“We carried on our performances from the previous weeks and were unfortunate to lose the game.
“I didn’t think we were that much better that we thoroughly deserved the victory, but if we’d have come away with a 1-0 win then I think that would’ve been a fair result.
“Jim“Ji Fenlonl and dL Lewisi Ferrell are injured at the moment and a couple of suspensions coming up for Emmanuel Monthe and Adam Everitt, so it’s not easy.
“It’s St Albans, who are down in the bottom three on Saturday and Wealdstone on Monday so the games do keep on coming thick and fast for us.
“I had never considered Wealdstone a derby because we were never in their league when I was here before.
“I played them once in five years in a charity game at the start of the season, which we won on penalties.
“I have seen them play this season, they look a decent side with some good players.
“Tom Cadmore is there who was, of course, at Hayes & Yeading for a long time.
“He was my captain and very important for the club’s success and I got to know him very well.
“It will be a difficult one because every game now is crucial – we need to keep picking up points.”
Elsewhere, Northwood struck a dramatic stoppage-time winner to defeat Fleet Town on Saturday as George Nicholas was the hero for the Southern League Division One Central side. Uxbridge’s match with Leighton Town was postponed due to bad weather.
And 10-man AFC Hayes were beaten 3-1 by Horley Town in the Combined Counties Premier.
FFOUR Hillingdon Swimming Club members are in the running for a spot at this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio.
Loulou Vos, Jemima Hall, Alfie Collins and Luke Spain are all set to take to the pool at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre, in Glasgow, for next month’s Olympic trials.
The quartet travelled to Amiens for two days with the regional London team on the back of their impressive performances at county level as a warm up for the big event.
Hillingdon finished third at the County Championships with 68 medals including 28 gold, 20 silver and 20 bronze – some won by swimmers as young as 10.
More impressive was the individual performances of each swimmer as the tournament saw 250 personal bests.
Hall’s performance won her a gold in the junior 200m freestyle and represented the team in four finals.
Vos successfully qualified for the senior B final in the 400m freestyle and finished sixth in the overall open 800m freestyle. Teammate Collins recorded four PBs while Spain represented the team in the 100m breaststroke open B final.
Aarian Lally, Amy Grimshaw, Ceara Barber, Dillon Chana, Isabella Woollard, Kendra Laba, Sean-Patrick McGowan, Rosie Joslin, Ruby Fraser, Yasmin Boff and Sophia Boni, in addition to Olympic hopefuls, were all crowned county champions.
Hillingdon also entered three relay teams who won golds in the 12 to 13-year-old age group. This included two medley relays for the girls, while the boys enjoyed success in the freestyle.
n MISSING: (Above) Adam Everitt is facing a suspension, much to the disappointment of Gary Haylock (left); (above left) Wealdstone’s Tom Cadmore may be lining up against his old side