Lewis’s United shapes up for new sea­son

Squad’s com­ing to­gether with new (and old) faces FOOT­BALL

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

THE new-look Hayes & Yead­ing United squad is start­ing to take shape af­ter Mickey Lewis be­gan his re­build­ing job in earnest last week.

Louis Wells has re­turned to the club to be next sea­son’s No 1 af­ter leav­ing Leather­head this sum­mer.

Wells was pre­vi­ously at United on loan from Dart­ford in 2012/13 but has signed per­ma­nently this year to add a touch of ex­pe­ri­ence to the side.

The 34-year-old goal­keeper also played from Hayes be­fore they merged with Yead­ing and went on to rep­re­sent the likes of Alder­shot and Staines Town.

Ex­cit­ing full-back Cur­tis Osano has also com­mit­ted him­self for the cam­paign and brings a wealth of Foot­ball League knowl­edge to the ta­ble.

Osano wore the colours of Read­ing, Lu­ton and AFC Wimbledon be­fore mov­ing out to In­dia to play the I-League with Ben­galuru FC.

Ca­pa­ble of op­er­at­ing on the right-side of de­fence, or cen­trally, Osano is still just 29 and should be at the peak of his foot­ball pow­ers.

Hayes & Yead­ing have also re­tained Dy­lan Kear­ney, Matt Sin­clair and Cole Brown from last year’s suc­cess­ful U18s side.

And while changes have been made to the play­ing squad, United have also shaken things up in the dugout with fans’ favourite Gary MacDon­ald ap­pointed as­sis­tant man­ager.

MacDon­ald has had two pre­vi­ous spells with the club, with con­trast­ing for­tunes, most re­cently in 2015 un­der Phil Babb and then Tristan Lewis.

How­ever, he is best re­mem­bered for his 2008/2009 stint as United gained pro­mo­tion through the play-offs to the Con­fer­ence Premier.

H y e s & Yead­ing ng kick-off their pree sea­son cam­paign this week­end as they take part in n the Jimmy Hill ll & Ge­off Har­vey y Memo­rial Tro­phy y at Corinthian- Ca­su­als FC.

Join­ing James s Bracken’s s Corinthi­anCa­su­als are United, Hamp­ton & Rich­mond and Ton­bridge An­gels.

There will be two semi-fi­nals on Satur­day be­fore the win­ners bat­tle it out for the top prize and the losers scrap for the run­ners-up tro­phy. a n - ICK­EN­HAM’s Jor­danne Whi­ley is no stranger to mak­ing his­tory at Wimbledon.

The Ick­en­ham 24-year-old will face world No 8 Lucy Shuker when the in­au­gu­ral women’s wheel­chair ten­nis sin­gles event gets un­der way at The Cham­pi­onships on Thurs­day.

With three Brits on the Ten­nis Foun­da­tion’s Wheel­chair Ten­nis World Class Pro­gramme con­test­ing the women’s events at Wimbledon, the Bri­tish No 1, world No 3 and reign­ing US Open cham­pion will meet Bri­tish No 2 Shuker in sin­gles com­pe­ti­tion at a Grand Slam for the first time.

They paired up in 2012 to reach the women’s dou­bles fi­nal.

“I al­ways knew one day it would hap­pen,” Whi­ley said of the in­au­gu­ral sin­gles event. “Wimbledon have al­ways been so sup­port­ive of wheel­chair ten­nis. I couldn’t fault them at all.

“Grass is re­ally dif­fi­cult for us. I think, like I said be­fore, now is the right time. I think if we would have done it a cou­ple years ago, maybe we couldn’t show­case our sport to the high­est level.

“Now, watch­ing wheel­chair ten­nis sin­gles is go­ing to be ex­cit­ing and it’s go­ing to be qual­ity. I think now is com­pletely the right time.”

It’s two years since Whi­ley be­came the first Brit to win a women’s wheel­chair ten­nis ti­tle at Wimbledon af­ter part­ner­ing Ja­pan’s Yui Kamiji to the first of two suc­ces­sive women’s dou­bles crowns.

Whi­ley and Kamiji re­turn to try and make it a hat-trick this year, with the women’s dou­bles semi-fi­nals due to take place on Fri­day.

She is also cel­e­brat­ing af­ter be­ing named in a squad of 10 wheel­chair ten­nis play­ers se­lected for Par­a­lympic­sGB.

At London 2012, Whi­ley won her first Par­a­lympic medal as she claimed bronze in the women’s dou­bles along­side Shuker.

Since her home Games, Whi­ley has gone on to notch up seven Grand Slam dou­bles ti­tles.

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