Build­ing a club for the fu­ture

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

NEW Hayes & Yead­ing man­ager Mickey Lewis is pre­par­ing for his first league game in charge this week­end and has vowed to build a club and not just a team.

Lewis has ex­pe­ri­ence of coach­ing from his time at Ox­ford United but is un­der­tak­ing his first top job with United as they look to re­claim a place in the Na­tional League South.

His first chal­lenge be­gins on Satur­day at Frome Town as the South­ern League sea­son kicks-off.

United’s am­bi­tions of cre­at­ing more than just a team took another leap for­ward on Fri­day as they took to the field at their new ground for the first time.

The SkyEx Com­mu­nity Sta­dium played host to Hen­don as Hayes & Yead­ing’s first game back in the bor­ough in five years ended in a 2-0 de­feat to the Greens.

But is a ma­jor ob­sta­cle over- come for Lewis and chair­man Tony O’Driscoll as they now look for­ward rather than back­wards at Bea­cons­field Road.

Lewis said: “We want to build a club, not just a team, and I feel I’ve got good ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I’m not stupid enough to think I can do this on my own, but I’ve got good peo­ple around me and that will help.

“Peo­ple say you’ve been in the Foot­ball League and now you’re join­ing a club that’s been rel­e­gated – but that doesn’t mat­ter to me – it’s about be­com­ing a man­ager.

“It’s more about the club than what league they are in for me. The club has a good chance to build some­thing now.

“No­body at the club is ex­pect­ing things to turn around overnight. We’re ob­vi­ously go­ing to try and win ev­ery game but it’s a task to build a foot­ball club.

“We hope that the new ground will help to at­tract play­ers. Peo­ple only need to come down to see the train­ing fa­cil­i­ties and they’ll be im­pressed.

“We hope that is a bit of a sell­ing point and we think we’ve got good staff here too.”

Mean­while, af­ter fin­ish­ing 15th last sea­son, Uxbridge will go up against AFC Dun­sta­ble at Hon­ey­croft on Satur­day, fol­lowed by Fleet Town away three days later as the South­ern League Di­vi­sion One Cen­tral gets un­der­way.

Their ri­vals North­wood, who fin­ished sev­enth last sea­son, will play Ash­ford Town on Satur­day to kick­start their sea­son be­fore tak­ing on Egham Town away as they strive for another solid show­ing.

AFC Hayes opened their cam­paign in the Com­bined Coun­ties Pre­mier Di­vi­sion at Farm Park tak­ing on CB Houn­slow United olast night with another meet­ing the fol­low­ing week against Bed­font & Feltham.

Hilling­don Bor­ough and Hare­field United will also be look­ing to get off to a pos­i­tive start in the Spar­tan South Mid­lands Di­vi­sion One.

Boro come face to face with Cod­i­cote, while the Hares will be up against Northamp­ton On Che­necks.

n READY FOR AC­TION: Jack Mills leaps out of the tun­nel be­fore kick off Pho­tos by John Pa­trick Fletcher n LOOK­ING GRAND: The main stand at Hayes & Yead­ing’s SkyEx Com­mu­nity Sta­dium

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