Hughes and Han­lon sign in

New man­agers given free rein to ring the changes HAYES & YEAD­ING

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

HAYES & Yead­ing United have promised new man­age­ment duo Paul Hughes and Ritchie Han­lon a blank can­vas as they bid to turn around the club’s for­tunes.

The for­mer Kings Lan­g­ley pair were ap­pointed last Thurs­day, with Tris­tan Lewis mov­ing back up­stairs to di­rec­tor of foot­ball af­ter tak­ing charge for Satur­day’s 3-0 South­ern Premier de­feat at Chip­pen­ham Town.

Since then, coaches Del­roy Pred­die and Paul Barry have both de­parted, with for­mer United keeper Pred­die’s exit par­tic­u­larly sur­pris­ing given he is a muchloved fig­ure at the club.

Lewis said: “It’s sad to see them go­ing on to pas­tures new, es­pe­cially with Del be­ing a club leg­end and a per­sonal friend, but the new man­age­ment team will want to bring their own peo­ple in.

“You want them com­ing in feel­ing that it’s their club and they have the reins, and the only thing they will have from us is our sup­port, rather than be­ing told how to do it. Their suc­cess else­where would sug­gest they have a fair idea al­ready.

“We’re hop­ing, with them hav­ing guided Kings Lan­g­ley to three suc­ces­sive pro­mo­tions, that they will bring with them a win­ning men­tal­ity, and that they can breed that here. We want to go into games know­ing we can get re­sults again.”

As a player, Hughes made 22 ap­pear­ances for Glenn Hod­dle’s Chelsea and also fea­tured for Lu­ton and Southamp­ton, while Han­lon can name Southend, Peter­bor­ough, Steve­nage, Lin­coln IT MUST be the name! Andy Mur­ray is not the only Bri­tish ten­nis player to have reached num­ber one in the world rank­ings this week.

East­cote’s Andy Lapthorne em­u­lated Mur­ray’s hero­ics by re­turn­ing to top spot in the world quad dou­ble rank­ings fol­low­ing his vic­tory at the UNIQLO Wheelchair Dou­bles and Cam­bridge among his for­mer pro­fes­sional clubs.

The new man­age­ment team were set to take charge for the first time in last night’s county cup tie at Har­row Bor­ough, hav­ing taken a back seat at Chip­pen­ham to assess their new squad.

Lewis added: “The score­line did not re­flect the game re­ally, but it’s a good thing as the new manag- Masters event, which was held in Cal­i­for­nia at the week­end.

Lapthorne teamed up with Antony Cot­ter­ill for an all-Bri­tish tri­umph in the quad dou­bles, the pair hav­ing gone into the tour­na­ment as sec­ond seeds and won two of three round-robin matches to book their place in the fi­nal.

There, they dug deep to snatch the open­ing set, and af­ter tak­ing ers prob­a­bly saw the best and the worst of us. It’s been an un­set­tling time for the play­ers, and hope­fully we’ll get some sta­bil­ity now.

“We’re not in a great place at the mo­ment league-wise, and short term we need to get some points on the board to make sure we’re safe. The man­date we have then set them is a com­fort­able mid-ta­ble fin­ish to build on next year.” a 3-0 lead in the de­cider they were never be­hind again, clos­ing out a 7-5, 1-6, 6-4 vic­tory.

“Af­ter a tough week it’s great to come out and fi­nally win the dou­bles masters again,” said Lapthorne, who also won the 2010 ti­tle part­ner­ing Brit, Peter

Down in Di­vi­sion One Cen­tral, North­wood lost 2-1 at Farn­bor­ough and Uxbridge went down 3-1 at home to Bea­cons­field SYCOB. AFC Hayes were also beaten at home, 3-1 by Cam­ber­ley Town in the Com­bined Coun­ties Premier, but Hare­field United were 3-1 win­ners at Hadley Wood & Win­gate in Spar­tan South Mid­lands Di­vi­sion One. Nor­folk. “I’m thrilled to have won af­ter such a long time. Big thanks to Ant and the Ten­nis Foun­da­tion Team out here for look­ing af­ter me this week.

“It’s go­ing to be great to go back home with this ti­tle, and I’ll be work­ing hard to try and add the sin­gles ti­tle at the NEC Masters in front of a home crowd in a few weeks.”

ALL-CHANGE: Tris­tan Lewis, left, and Del­roy Pred­die have made way at Hayes and Yead­ing United for for­mer Kings Lan­g­ley duo Paul Hughes, inset, and Ritchie Han­lon.

John-Patrick Fletcher


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