Lewis’s United shapes up for new season
Squad’s coming together with new (and old) faces FOOTBALL
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.