United nar­row search for boss

Stand-in boss Lewis rules him­self out of the run­ning

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

The club then hope to have their man in place by early Novem­ber, al­low­ing tem­po­rary boss Tris­tan Lewis to re­turn to his direc­tor of foot­ball du­ties.

Lewis had led United to four points out of six and so nearly a max­i­mum re­turn, since tak­ing the reins just over a week ago, but has ruled him­self out of the run­ning.

Chair­man Tony O’Driscoll said: “It hasn’t moved on an aw­ful lot be­cause I’ve been busy with out­side work, but I’m hop­ing to speak to the two names we want to speak to this week. They’re both cur­rently in jobs, which means it could take a lit­tle longer, but we’d rather wait and get the right man in. I promised Tris­tan it wouldn’t be more than three weeks and he’s happy with that.”

Lewis led United to a 1-0 win over St Ives Town in his first match back in charge last Tues­day, Olu Duro­jaiye scor­ing the only goal of the game from he penalty spot.

He then looked set for another three points on Satur­day when United led 2-1 go­ing into the last minute at Kings Lynn Town, through strikes from re­cent sign­ings Tom Gil­bey and Jer­son Dos San­tos, but were pegged back to 2-2 with a goal right at the death.

O’Driscoll said: “Satur­day was very frus­trat­ing as it was only a slip by one of our de­fend­ers which let them in right at the end, but we have seen over the past week that Tris­tan is mor more than ca­pa­ble of do­ing the job at the mo­ment.”

Dos San­tos, who made his de­but against St Ives Ives, hav­ing signed from Sev Sevenoaks Town, looks a fine prospect af­ter scor­ing asa su­perb goal at Kings Lyn Lynn. The 25 year old win winger/striker has also pla played for Grays Ath­letic, Sta Staines Town and Sut­ton Un United, as well as two spe spells play­ing in Ice­land.

H He has been fol­low lowed in by for­mer Ch Chel­tenham mid­fielder Ja James McCarthy, who jo joins from Kidling­ton, bu but one-time Read­ing favo vourite James Harper has l left the club to sign for Hunger­ford Town. study­ing in Bri­tain, made an in­stant im­pact by plac­ing third over­all, and first U23, in a time of 15:44 mins, while GB U23 in­ter­na­tional Grant Un­der­wood came ninth over­all and sec­ond U23 in 16:44.

James Reed (19:23) was 20th over­all and fourth mas­ter over 35, while 13-year-old Joel Gun­nery

O’Driscoll added: “There will be more play­ers com­ing in as well, as part of the prob­lem we’ve had this sea­son is the ones we’ve had haven’t been good enough, and

eH that’s why we are where we are. (19:48), en­ter­ing only his sec­ond wild water race, was 22nd over­all and third U16 pad­dler.

Team man­ager Neal Un­der­wood said: “Hav­ing Alis­tair rac­ing for us shows our am­bi­tion to be the best. We now have two in­ter­na­tional rac­ers in our team and that is great, not just for re­sults, but it also helps bring in younger j D

“We will keep adding play­ers un­til we’re happy.”

United host Cirences­ter Town at Uxbridge FC this Satur­day be­fore trav­el­ling to Wey­mouth three days later. pad­dlers like Joel, who have some­one to learn from.

“It also shows that we are re­garded as a club worth pad­dling for.

“We need more pad­dlers com­ing through to race at en­try level and I am con­fi­dent that we will have a very large and suc­cess­ful team over the next few months.”

ON THE MOVE: James Harper and (inset) Jer­son Dos San­tos

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