Lewis sharp­ens United de­fence

Boss takes Blades pair from old friend Wilder FOOT­BALL

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

Lewis played for more than a decade at Ox­ford, as well as hav­ing two spells as care­taker man­ager there, and worked along­side Chris Wilder when he was in charge at the Kas­sam Sta­dium.

Wilder is now in charge at Sh­effield United and Lewis has plun­dered the Blades for cen­tre­back Manny Ade­bowale and right-back Jake Phillips.

Ade­bowale started out in West Ham’s youth sys­tem be­fore sign­ing on as a scholar with the Blades, while Phillips, hav­ing been re­leased by Tran­mere Rovers, was snapped up by the Bra­mall Lane side a year ago fol­low­ing a spell in Wales with Llan­dudno. Both made their Hayes debuts in Satur­day’s 2-1 win at Cin­der­ford Town, while fel­low new sign­ing Brian Evans, an­other full-back who has played in the Span­ish third tier, was on the bench and will have to wait for his chance. Lewis said: “Manny is a big strong lad who came highly rec­om­mended to us, as did Jake, who loves to get on the ball and get for­ward, al­though I asked him to take a bit more of a con­ser­va­tive ap­proach on Satur­day. “Hope­fully we will see more of him go­ing for­ward, but we’re not sure if Jake will be a long-term sign­ing yet. He lives in Liver­pool and trav­elled all the way down from there to play on Satur­day as he wanted to play foot­ball, and that shows his de­sire. “Brian I’ve not seen a lot of yet, but from what I have seen, he looks like he’s got a bit of qual­ity about him. He’s come in with the right at­ti­tude and is pre­pared to sit on the bench and see what happe hap­pens.” Out of the exit door, meanw mean­while, goes Jimmy Sheph Shep­hard, who has re­turned to Da­gen­ham & Redbr Red­bridge fol­low­ing the end o of his loan spell. Ha Hayes, who were due to p play at Ket­ter­ing Town last night (Tues (Tues­day), made it two South­ern Pre­mier wins in a row with the victo vic­tory at Cin­der­ford. They host Dorch­ester, who were one place belo be­low in 19th at the time of go­ing to pres press, at Beaconsfield SYC SYCOB on Satur­day. L Lewis added: “What peo peo­ple have to re­alise is we’r we’re still quite a young squ squad, and putting a squ squad to­gether isn’t an ov e“overnight thing. “We’re try­ing to bri bring young play­ers thr through and get a he heart into this club, bu but they need some ex ex­pe­ri­enced heads aro around too. Rome wa wasn’t built in a day, an and while we have a br bright fu­ture, there w will be some tough da days be­fore it.”

n CON­NEC­TIONS: Hayes & Yead­ing boss Mickey Lewis (above) has taken Jake Phillips (be­low left) and Manny Ade­bowale (be­low right) from Sh­effield United’s Chris Wilder (left)

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