Lewis set to savour Hayes re­turn home

Di­rec­tor of foot­ball ‘like a kid in sweet shop’ FOOT­BALL

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

HAYES & Yead­ing United’s Di­rec­tor of foot­ball turned all Judy Garland this week ad­mit­ting: ‘There’s no place like home’.

Tris­tan Lewis was fi­nally prepar­ing to take his seat at the SkyEx Com­mu­nity Sta­dium last night (Tues­day) for the club’s first com­pet­i­tive fix­ture back in the bor­ough.

Hitchin Town were due to take to the field at the Bea­cons­field Road venue yes­ter­day for United’s sec­ond match of the new South­ern League Premier cam­paign.

Lewis will have been hop­ing for a bet­ter re­sult than Satur­day’s league opener at Frome Town as they were beaten 2-1 in Somerset de­spite Is­mael Ehui net­ting a penalty.

Lewis, who has also held the po­si­tion of man­ager and as­sis­tant man­ager, has been part of the fur­ni­ture at United for five years now.

But the club has led a no­madic ex­is­tence through­out that pe­riod with his side host­ing games first at Wok­ing and lat­terly at Maiden­head while plans for their new sta­dium hit de­lays.

So with that com­pet­i­tive ex­ile com­ing to an end, the di­rec­tor of foot­ball’s ro­man­ti­cism is un­der­stand­able.

And while he may have traded Dorothy’s ruby slip­pers for more tra­di­tional sport­ing footwear, Lewis ad­mits the prospect of com­ing home has brought out the lit­tle boy in him.

“I have been here five years and haven’t had a ‘ home’ game yet which is a bit weird,” he told the Gazette. “So I’m prob­a­bly go­ing to be like a kid in a sweet shop by the time we ac­tu­ally play.”

Hayes & Yead­ing are run­ning with a new-look squad this sea­son un­der boss Mickey Lewis and con­firmed the re­turn of for­mer Charl­ton full-back Yassin Moutaouakil last week.

Moutaouakil pre­vi­ously spent time at United be­tween 2011 and 2013 where he be­came a pop­u­lar de­fender among the sup­port­ers.

Mean­while, North­wood en­dured a tricky start to their Di­vi­sion One Cen­tral cam­paign as newly-pro­moted Ash­ford Town took the points.

Most of Mark Burgess’ side have moved on over the sum­mer and there were six debu­tants in the 3-1 re­verse, with the player-boss get­ting a con­so­la­tion goal for his side.

Uxbridge also suf­fered an open­ing-day de­feat while AFC Hayes were last night due to take on Abingdon at Farm Park in an FA Cup re­play af­ter a goal­less draw on Satur­day. RUIS­LIP racer Thomas Gray picked up his first BSA Su­perkart Se­ries tro­phy of the year at Don­ing­ton. The gutsy driver had en­dured some rot­ten luck at the Derby cir­cuit a month ear­lier but put that be­hind him with some daz­zling per­for­mances. Those bad mem­o­ries from the pre­vi­ous round were fresh in the mem­ory for the team and they feared an­other poor week­end when the driver in­jured his back be­fore race one.

Add to that a bro­ken gear­box on the camper van used to trans­port the kart north and things were look­ing grim.

But the fol­low­ing morn­ing brought fresh hope as Gray re­cov­ered in time to qual­ify and ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions de­spite hav­ing missed out on prac­tice.

The newly-re­built Honda CR250 en­gine was un­able to run at full race pace but some­how the petrol head man­aged to se­cure third place on the grid.

Re­li­a­bil­ity and en­gine man­age­ment re­mained the or­der of the day for race one.

How­ever, an­other strong show­ing yielded sec­ond place and only missed out on the fastest lap by a tenth of a sec­ond.

Vic­tory was within reach in race two un­til a spin forced him to work his way back through the pack to claim third spot and a sec­ond podium.

With two tro­phies in the bag, Gray was in with a shout to win the over­all meet­ing if re­sults were favourable in the fi­nal race of the week­end.

But me­chan­i­cal prob­lems and an un­wanted visit to the pits saw his dreams shat­tered but he still man­aged to limp home to eighth in class to end a good set of re­sults in dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances.

n WAN­DER­ING DAYS ARE OVER: Hayes di­rec­tor of foot­ball Tris­tan Lewis, left, with man­ager Mickey Lewis are look­ing for­ward to the club’s first game at their new sta­dium, be­low. Pic­tures: John-Pa­trick Fletcher

n BACK: Yassin Moutaouakil has re­turned to Hayes

n SET­BACKS: Thomas Gray co.uk www.sadie­janepho­tog­ra­phy.

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