Lewis hop­ing to shore up de­fence


Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

HAYES & Yead­ing are hop­ing to have two new de­fend­ers on board by Satur­day as they look to build from the back, writes Tim Street.

United leaked six goals at home to Merthyr a fort­night ago, and de­spite fol­low­ing that up with a an im­pres­sive 1-0 win over Che­sham United, they crashed out of the FA Cup 2-0 to Ry­man Pre­mier side Wor­thing on Satur­day.

Although top scorer Lloyd Mack­lin still faces up to six weeks on the side­lines with a knee lig­a­ment in­jury, di­rec­tor of foot­ball Tris­tan Lewis is more con­cerned with plug­ging the gaps at the back.

He said: “It’s the back four we want to fix first and fore­most. We had one or two ad­di­tions we were hop­ing to have had in place last Satur­day, but they didn’t want to be cup tied.

“One is a cen­tre back and the other a full back. Both have played at a higher level, and we’re hop­ing to have them in place by this Satur­day.”

United will still be miss­ing Tom Broad­bent, who is on Army du­ties, as well as Mack­lin for the trip to Cin­der­ford, but Adam Everitt will be back from sus­pen­sion to face a side prop­ping up the South­ern Pre­mier ta­ble.

Lewis said: “Cin­der­ford might be bot­tom, but at the mo­ment we’re not strong enough to un­der­es­ti­mate any­body, and they’re prob­a­bly look­ing at us think­ing it’s an op­por­tu­nity to get their season go­ing.”

Lewis also re­vealed that United, who travel to Ket­ter­ing Town three days after the trip to Cin­der­ford, have re­ceived seven-day ap­proaches for some of their play­ers.

Fol­low­ing the Ket­ter­ing clash, United’s next four home games will all be played at Bea­cons­field SYCOB, as the club con­tinue to work on gain­ing a safety cer­tifi­cate for their own ground.

Mean­while, Lewis be­lieves it could have been a dif­fer­ent out­come against Wor­thing had Harold Joseph not been sent off mid­way through the first half for a pro­fes­sional foul.

He added: “It all hinged on the send­ing off, es­pe­cially with such young play­ers. We were in the game un­til then and had a good chance, but go­ing down to 10 men made it even harder.

“The dis­ap­point­ing thing is the ref didn’t give it, the lines­man did. We lost our at­tack­ing im­pe­tus after that, and both goals were soft ones to con­cede.

“We’re hop­ing to have a set­tled squad soon, and we’re build­ing slowly with a lot of young play­ers – but sup­port­ers aren’t in­ter­ested in po­ten­tial, they want suc­cess now.”

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