McLeish drops down to fire up Hare­field

Striker makes im­pres­sive de­but af­ter move from Uxbridge

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

MAN­AGER Jason Shaw hopes per­suad­ing for­mer team-mate Aaron McLeish to drop down two di­vi­sions will help fire his Hare­field United side up the ta­ble.

For­mer Bea­cons­field SYCOB, North Green­ford United, Chal­font St Peter and North­wood striker McLeish made his de­but for the Hares on Satur­day hav­ing left Uxbridge, scor­ing one and set­ting up the other in a 2-1 win over Ampthill Town.

Shaw first came across the goal-get­ter al­most a decade ago, when he was wind­ing his own play­ing days down at Ruis­lip Manor and McLeish was just start­ing out there as a raw young­ster.

Shaw said: “I heard Aaron had left Uxbridge so called him up, found up he wasn’t up to much and in­vited him down. He hadn’t been en­joy­ing his foot­ball, as play­ing at a higher level can be a bit de­mor­al­is­ing on your per­sonal life. There should be less trav­el­ling for him at this level, as well as be­ing less phys­i­cally de­mand­ing, so hope­fully he can play with a smile again and score some goals for us.”

Fol­low­ing rel­e­ga­tion from the Spar­tan South Mid­lands Pre­mier last sea­son, the Hares are just start­ing to find their feet in Divi­sion One and de­spite their cur­rent mid-ta­ble stand­ing, Shaw re­mains con­fi­dent of a pro­mo­tion push.

He added: “Our first XI has proved how strong it is, but I’ve barely been able to put the same team out twice.

“It’s not been a case of tin­ker­ing, it’s down to avail­abil­ity, and we need to add some strength in depth.

“But I don’t feel there’s much of a gulf be­tween the Pre­mier and Divi­sion One. Most teams in the top half could eas­ily step up – the dif­fi­culty is fin­ish­ing in one of the top two places. We’ve got work to do, but my aim is still to be go­ing for pro­mo­tion.”

Hare­field were due a real rest last night at league lead­ers Ris­bor­ough Rangers, while Hilling­don Bor­ough, who lost 2-1 at Wod­son Park, were due to host Hatfield Town.

In South­ern One Cen­tral, Uxbridge lost 3-2 at home to Fleet Town, de­spite goals from Abobaker Eisa and Matty Woods, while North­wood crashed 3-0 at Ar­lesey Town.

AFC Hayes lost 1-0 at Raynes Park Vale in the Com­bined Coun­ties Pre­mier, but were look­ing to bounce back at Bed­font & Feltham last night.

FIRED UP: (Above) Jason Shaw and (left) Aaron McLeish

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