For­mer Ful­ham striker ‘will fight for his place’

Ehui told by Burgess he will not walk straight into team

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­

FOR­MER Ful­ham striker Is­mael Ehui has been told he will not walk back into the North­wood FC side and will have to earn his place.

The French­man, who scored 11 goals in 25 games in his first spell for the Woods two years ago, re­turned to Chest­nut Av­enue ear­lier this month af­ter a year away with Hayes & Yead­ing, al­though he has had to make do with cameos off the bench due to the form of Ryan De­bat­tista and Myles Stephenson in re­cent weeks.

Man­ager Mark Burgess said: “Is­mael’s been on the bench be­cause the play­ers in front of him have been play­ing well. He will have to wait for his chance, but he is at least push­ing our other for­wards and pro­vid­ing com­pe­ti­tion for places.”

For all that, it was mid­fielder Louis Stead who grabbed both goals in Satur­day’s 2-1 tri­umph at Peters­field, with a penalty and a free kick earn­ing a first South­ern One Cen­tral win in three.

Burgess said: “Louis is some­body the other play­ers look up to. He has great abil­ity and took the game into his own hands. He’s one of those play­ers you al­ways look to to step up. When he does well, we do well, but he just needs to find that con­sis­tency.”

Burgess’s new-look North­wood are fi­nally start­ing to gel af­ter los­ing no less than seven play­ers to higher level clubs over the sum­mer – with Steve Brown, Max Hol­land, Ge­orge Ni­cholls and Andy Lo­mas all go­ing to Har­row Bor­ough, Nico Muir and Barkley Lau­rencin leav­ing for Hen­don and Rob Hast­ings go­ing to Win­gate & Finch­ley.

He added: “I don’t mind play­ers step­ping up a level, it’s when they move side­ways for an ex­tra 20 quid that you get an­noyed. We’re start­ing to gel, they just need more games to­gether. We’re scor­ing goals but have got work to do de­fen­sively.”

North­wood were due to host His­ton last night (Tues­day), while in the same di­vi­sion Uxbridge lost 2-0 at home to Roys­ton Town and were due to visit Farn­bor­ough last night.

AFC Hayes has no week­end game but visit Bed­font Sports in the Com­bined Coun­ties Pre­mier tonight, while Hare­field United and Hilling­don Bor­ough both crashed out of the FA Vase, 4-0 to Lev­er­stock Green and 2-1 to Wem­b­ley re­spec­tively.


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