Kings trio join for­mer boss at United

New man­ager moves fast to bring in a raft of new faces HAYES & YEAD­ING

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

PAUL Hughes is hop­ing to repli­cate his Kings Lan­g­ley suc­cess at Hayes & Yead­ing United – and has signed three more of the play­ers who helped him achieve it.

Hughes and as­sis­tant Richie Han­lon led the Hert­ford­shire side to three suc­ces­sive pro­mo­tions be­fore tak­ing up the va­cant po­si­tions at United this month.

The pair took charge of their first South­ern Premier match for United at the week­end, a 2-0 de­feat at high-fly­ing Leam­ing­ton, and handed de­buts to three more for­mer Lan­g­ley play­ers – Danny Boness, Mahlondo Martin and Mitchell Weiss.

Keeper Boness, pic­tured above left, is a for­mer West Ham scholar who has played for Colch­ester, Grays Ath­letic and Big­gleswade Town, while Weiss joins on loan from Hemel Hemp­stead, and for­mer Green­ford High pupil Martin, who came through the ranks at Wat­ford, joins from Sal­is­bury.

Hughes said: “The se­cret of our suc­cess at Kings Lan­g­ley was ev­ery­one was 100 per cent com­mit­ted. Ev­ery­one was pre­pared to roll their sleeves up and graft. You don’t get three pro­mo­tions with­out unity, and that’s what I want to repli­cate here.

“I see no rea­son why we can­not get back into the Con­fer­ence Na­tional. The sta­dium looks good and, when it’s ready, if we can move back there win­ning games, I’m sure the crowds will re­turn. For now though, it’s about pulling away from dan­ger. The drop zone is not a nice place and once you’re in it, it’s very dif­fi­cult to get out. We’re fourth from bot­tom. We had to change it quickly, so we’ve brought in play­ers who know how to ex­e­cute what we want to do.”

The for­mer Lan­g­ley trio were not the only play­ers mak­ing their de­buts at Leam­ing­ton. Also tak­ing a bow were winger Ter­ence Carter, who has joined on loan from Weald­stone, and for­mer Not­ting­ham For­est un­der-21 de­fender Jack Kelly – pic­tured above right – from Hemel Hemp­stead.

Hughes added: “I was very im­pressed at Leam­ing­ton. It would have been easy to ca­pit­u­late when 2-0 down at half time at the league lead­ers, but we did quite the op­po­site and dom­i­nated the sec­ond half. Con­sid­er­ing we’ve barely had a week with this team, I was happy with the dis­play.”

United, who were due to host Egham Town in the League Cup last night, have no game this week­end but travel to Hitchin Town on Mon­day night. CHAIR­MAN Peter Mars­den says Gor­don Bartlett’s job at Weald­stone is safe – for the time be­ing at least, writes Jon Batham.

Spec­u­la­tion had been mount­ing over the last week that Mars­den was about to call time on the long­est serv­ing man­ager in the English pro­fes­sional or semi-pro­fes­sional game, who has clocked up 21 years in charge of the Stones.

Satur­day’s 2-0 de­feat at newly pro­moted Hunger­ford only fanned the flames, prompt­ing Weald­stone to re­lease a Twit­ter state­ment that said: “Peter Mars­den has cat­e­gor­i­cally stated that Gor­don Bartlett re­mains man­ager.”

Asked by The Gazette to elab­o­rate, the for­mer Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley supremo was at pains to point out that, un­like some, he doesn’t have a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing trig­ger-happy. But at the same time, it is clear pa­tience in such a com­pet­i­tive in­dus­try doesn’t last for­ever.

“Both my­self and the sup­port­ers have been very dis­ap­pointed with re­cent re­sults, par­tic­u­larly as we have a good squad this year,” said Mars­den, pic­tured. “Things don’t al­ways go to plan, but we are con­fi­dent Gor­don, whose pedi­gree in the game is sec­ond to none, can turn this around.

“You could look at my track record at Ac­cring­ton and see I don’t sack man­agers lightly. I gen­er­ally like to keep them, while most chair­men get rid of man­agers too quickly, in my opin­ion. That said, Gor­don him­self knows football is a re­sults busi­ness, and this los­ing se­quence can­not be al­lowed to go on in­def­i­nitely.”

In­ter­est­ingly, Mars­den’s pre­de­ces­sor in the boss’ chair, Howard Krais, was quick to greet the news Bartlett would be stay­ing on, and warned the cur­rent hi­er­ar­chy to go lightly on the trig­ger.

“So, it ap­pears [the] ru­mours are not true. That’s good. Sit­ting to­tally mid table, 10 points from [the] play-offs, 10 points from rel­e­ga­tion. Not a cri­sis!” he said. “Peo­ple need to think about what they wish for, what club they want us to be, and be very care­ful. Hire-and-fire rarely works out, long-term.”

The Stones host Maiden­head United in the FA Tro­phy on Satur­day be­fore trav­el­ling to Bed­font & Feltham to take on CB Houn­slow United in the Mid­dle­sex Se­nior Char­ity Cup on Tues­day night.

FA­MIL­IAR FACE: Mahlondo Martin, pic­tured in his Wat­ford days, has joined Hayes & Yead­ing from Sal­is­bury

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