Hands-on Han­lon

New boss says more sign­ings will be needed to halt slump HAYES & YEAD­ING UTD

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

HE handed three more play­ers de­buts on Mon­day night – but Hayes & Yead­ing joint boss Ritchie Han­lon in­sists the re­cruit­ment is not over yet.

Han­lon and fel­low man­ager Paul Hughes have brought in al­most an en­tire team’s worth of new play­ers since tak­ing over at United this month, many from for­mer club Kings Lan­g­ley.

Lat­est ar­rivals Josh Cham­ber­lain and Con­nor Toomey, who boosted the num­ber of ex-Kings play­ers in the squad, and Pri­est­ley Far­quhar­son, who cap­tains Brunel Univer­sity men’s team, made their bows in the 3-0 de­feat at Hitchin Town.

But the com­ings and go­ings won’t stop there as Han­lon and Hughes search for the same blend which saw them lead Kings to three suc­ces­sive pro­mo­tions.

Han­lon said: “We still need to re­cruit, but we want to re­cruit play­ers with the men­tal strength we want, not play­ers who have been here a while and are happy to turn up to col­lect their money.

“Some of the boys that have been here a while can be in­volved, but they need to learn that other side quickly. We’ll get there, it’s just get­ting the right play­ers in the right po­si­tions, and we’ve got a few more ar­eas to look at. There’s a lot of work to do, as a lot of boys in there are not used to win­ning, and we’ve got to put that right. We’ve got to make them en­joy play­ing foot­ball rather than it be­ing a chore, and we have to get that win­ning men­tal­ity over quick.

“At Kings, we had time to get things right, but here we want to get it done quick be­cause its a de­cent-sized club with de­cent in­fra­struc­ture, and we want to do well.”

Egham Town were beaten 3-0 in the South­ern League Cup last week with re­cent ar­rivals Mitchell Weiss, Josh Hutchin­son and Ter­ence Carter scor­ing the goals and new goal­keeper Danny Boness sav­ing a penalty and be­ing named man of the match.

But Han­lon and Hughes have so far presided over two league de­feats, to ti­tlechas­ing Leam­ing­ton and Hitchin.

While there were pos­i­tive signs in the Leam­ing­ton de­feat, Han­lon was left fum­ing by the man­ner of the sur­ren­der at Hitchin, which Hutchin­son missed with an an­kle in­jury.

“We were very lack­lus­tre and that’s what we’re an­gry about,” said the joint man­ager. “It wasn’t ev­ery­one, some play­ers showed, we just need more of them. But it doesn’t help when you give away three goals with school­boy er­rors, we don’t get chances like we gave them.

“We’ve got to gel these boys quickly, but we had to play a few of them out of po­si­tion. It was great to play Leam­ing­ton and Hitchin though, be­cause they will high­light the faults and show ex­actly what we need to do, there’s no plas­ter­ing over the cracks and nick­ing a win.”

United visit St Neots Town on Satur­day and Che­sham United on Tues­day night. FOR Weald­stone’s Ed­die Oshodi there are big­ger things in life than foot­ball, writes Jon Batham.

The Stones full-back isn’t slow to pro­fess his love for the beau­ti­ful game, but he can­not sub­scribe to for­mer Liver­pool le­gend Bill Shankly’s fa­mous maxim that ‘foot­ball’s not a mat­ter of life and death, it is far more im­por­tant than that’.

As a de­vout Mus­lim, fans’ favourite Oshodi missed sev­eral games ear­lier this sea­son to ful­fil a vow to un­der­take a once in a life­time haj, or pil­grim­age, to Mecca, the re­li­gion’s most sa­cred place.

The Brent-born 24-year-old claims what he saw there gave him a dif­fer­ent out­look on life.

“A year ago, I made an oath to em­bark on the jour­ney and I know it came at a weird time foot­balling-wise, but in my life my God al­ways comes first be­cause it is my life, my re­li­gion,” said the Grosvenor Vale de­fender.

“What did I gain from it? Well once you go to a place with five mil­lion peo­ple and you see beg­gars all over the place, peo­ple who have lost limbs and lit­tle chil­dren out in 50 de­grees of heat beg­ging, it gives you a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive.

“You see peo­ple giv­ing out of their own pock­ets, so even those who are the poor­est don’t go hun­gry and thirsty be­cause peo­ple are con­sis­tently giv­ing.

“Once you get back you think about all the ma­te­rial things you have. I’m not say­ing it’s bad to want all these nice things, but you re­alise it is not the cen­tral thing.”

The for­mer Wat­ford youth con­tends his faith is sus­tain­ing him through what is a tough pe­riod for Gor­don Bartlett’s men, with pos­i­tive re­sults thin on the ground and con­fi­dence far from its high­est.

“My faith keeps me calmer on the pitch, for one thing, and I’m more bal­anced now,” added Oshodi. “[With] poor runs like this in the past, I could get down in the dumps and not be pos­i­tive about things.

“But now my re­li­gion keeps me pos­i­tive things will get bet­ter. You un­der­stand some­times you have to go through a low be­fore the high. Some­times you do go through stages where you are not get­ting wins.”

Oshodi and co were due to be in FA Tro­phy re­play ac­tion last night (Tues­day) against Maiden­head after the full-back and Johnny Wright scored in Satur­day’s 2-2 draw be­tween the two sides at York Road.

DE­VOUT: Weald­stone’s Ed­die Oshodi per­formed the haj ear­lier this sea­son Pic­ture: Pete Nor­ton

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