Boss plays the wait­ing game

All but two play­ers axed but no hurry with trans­fers HAYES & YEADING

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

HAYES & Yeading man­ager Mickey Lewis is play­ing the wait­ing game in the trans­fer mar­ket.

Lloyd Mack­lin was signed from Bas­ingstoke soon after his ap­point­ment as man­ager but an in­flux of new faces is yet to de­scend on Bea­cons­field Road.

Most of last year’s squad, who were rel­e­gated from the Con­fer­ence South, have al­ready been shipped out after a dis­as­trous cam­paign un­der axed boss Garry Hay­lock.

He held a lengthy meet­ing with chair­man Tony O’Driscoll and as­sis­tant man­ager Tris­tan Lewis shortly after he took charge of the club last month to dis­cuss tar­gets.

Those dis­cus­sions were pos­i­tive but the new Hayes & Yeading man­ager says he will have to wait on an­swers from play­ers who are still look­ing around for a club for next term.

He said: “It was a very pos­i­tive meet­ing with Tony and Tris­tan. I had a lot of sup­port from both of those guys and we’re con­stantly on the phone to each other any­way.

“We’ve spo­ken to a lot of play­ers. You can’t re­ally com­mit peo­ple just yet but we’ve had a lot of in­ter­est.

“Peo­ple have looked at the facil- ities and been quite im­pressed so we’re happy with the work we’ve done so far.

“Play­ers are al­ways look­ing around at this time of year but we’ve had some in­ter­est­ing con­ver­sa­tions. Lloyd has com­mit­ted him­self al­ready so that’s good.

“In an ideal world we’d like to have the squad sorted early and ev­ery­one un­der con­tract but that doesn’t re­ally work at this level and that’s just the way it is.

“We’re a good club and the ground is com­ing along well, so hope­fully that leaves us in good stead with re­gards to re­cruit­ment.”

Mean­while, Hayes & Yeading have an­nounced their sea­son ticket prices for next sea­son ahead of their ex­pected re­turn to the bor­ough.

A club state­ment read: “With the club on the verge of a re­turn home, and in ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the fact that five long sea­sons away from our tra­di­tional home have taken its toll in our sup­port­ers trav­el­ling long dis­tances just to see us play at home, the board have de­cided to re­duce all adult and con­ces­sion prices for the com­ing sea­son in the Evo-Stick South­ern League Premier Di­vi­sion.”

Adult sea­son tick­ets are priced at £99, rep­re­sent­ing just over £4 a game, with con­ces­sion hold­ers pay­ing just over £2 a game.

Sea­son Ticket hold­ers also have free ad­mis­sion to any home pre­sea­son friendlies and U18s league games. HARE­FIELD Sharks ca­noeist Khaleel Ziand­din gave an in­spired per­for­mance at his first Na­tional Di­vi­sion Three slalom in South Wales, writes Sam Meade.

The event, held in Llandy­sul, saw the 14-year-old take on se­niors in a men’s com­pe­ti­tion as he con­tin­ues his ed­u­ca­tion in the sport

He came 17th in Satur­day’s race and then fol­lowed that up with 19th on the Sun­day to show great prom­ise for the fu­ture.

Sharks coach, Neal Un­der­wood, said: “Young­sters have to race against all ages in ca­noe slalom, so these re­sults are very good in­deed.

“We now have a num­ber of young up and com­ing tal­ent at The Sharks, but we are al­ways on the look­out for more.

“I think as the sea­son goes on we will be hear­ing a lot more about Khaleel.”

The Sharks Slalom Team prac­tice in Hare­field on Mon­day evenings.

No kit or pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence is re­quired to par­tic­i­pate as the club will pro­vide all equip­ment and teach you ev­ery­thing you need to know.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.the­sharks. or call Un­der­wood on 07951 770241.

n STAY­ING PUT: Hayes & Yeading United’s Luke Wil­liams (in red) in ac­tion against Bath City at the York Road ground in Maiden­head Pic­ture: Jon MIkol

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