United ready for the crunch

Cru­cial clashes will be key to sav­ing the sea­son FOOT­BALL

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Matt Lewis matt.lewis@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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

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