Snappy dressers cut loose for 3-0 vic­tory

DEN­HAM UNITED

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

A NEW kit and three points made for a good day for Den­ham Ladies un­der-14s on Satur­day.

Wear­ing new togs from spon­sors Howarth Homes, Den­ham pro­duced a dom­i­nant dis­play with a stun­ning goal from top scorer Melissa Asavoaie the high­light of a 3-0 win over Wel­wyn Gar­den City, with Lau­ren Clark and El­lie Wright on tar­get. CHELSEA leg­end Gian­franco Zola could be the se­cret weapon in Hayes & Yead­ing’s sur­vival bid.

The for­mer Italy in­ter­na­tional was one of the se­nior pros when United’s newly-ap­pointed joint­man­ager, Paul Hughes, was break­ing through as a young mid­fielder at Stam­ford Bridge.

And Zola was also man­ager at Wat­ford when re­cent United sign­ing Ryan Hope was try­ing to make it as a pro at Vicarage Road.

Hope said: “I was at Wat­ford for 11 years, and I was with the first team for a lit­tle bit, un­der Zola, which was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. He’s one of the best Premier League play­ers ever, and he re­ally helped me with my game. The gaffer’s played along- side him a few times too, so you could say Franco’s had a bit of an in­flu­ence on this side.”

While a few of Hope’s pals from his Wat­ford days are still in the pro game, like New­port’s Jazzi Bar­numBobb and Fleet­wood loa­nee Alex Jaku­biak, Hope drifted into non-league with Bore­ham Wood, Weald­stone, Har­row Bor­ough and Slough Town.

He then hooked up with Hughes and the other joint-boss – Ritchie Han­lon – at Kings Lan­g­ley this sea­son, be­fore fol­low­ing the duo to Hayes & Yead­ing.

He said: “They are re­ally good peo­ple who know their foot­ball and I’m con­fi­dent they will get us out of trou­ble. The boys have gelled well and training seems busy and bright. We just need to pick up points quickly.”

Hope al­ready has ex­pe­ri­ence of help­ing turn around seem­ingly lost causes, hav­ing been part of the Har­row side which came

The first XI are back to win­ning ways af­ter beat­ing Ac­to­ni­ans Ladies 4-2 at the Den on Sun­day, Lau­ren Cox’s dou­ble and one apiece from He­len Capewell and Jenny Ban­field clinch­ing the points, but the re­serves lost 1-0 to Crys­tal Palace,

Mad­di­son Perry’s dou­ble led the way for the U11 Wild­cats as they beat Mole­sey Ju­niors 5-1 to make it five wins out of five – Amna Butt, Paige Hoile and El­lie Trigg were the other scor­ers – while the U11 Pu­mas back from the dead to stave off rel­e­ga­tion from the Ry­man Premier two years ago.

He said: “I was at Har­row for what be­came known as the Great Es­cape, which was a good ex­pe­ri­ence, but things didn’t quite work out there in pre­sea­son so I found Hugh­esy and Ritchie, which I’m de­lighted about.

“There’s still lots of work to do, but the gaffers are top, top peo­ple who have been around and know what they’re do­ing. They know what they need to do. There’s lots of tal­ent and abil­ity in the squad, but we need to do the other bits.”

Hope scored in the first minute as United ham­mered fel­low strug­glers St Neots 5-1 on Satur­day to move to within two points of es­cap­ing the South­ern Premier drop zone, Josh Hutchin­son hit­ting a hat-trick and Mitchell Weiss net­ting. United were due to play Che­sham United last night. scored a com­fort­able win Ruislip Rangers.

The U10s beat Wat­ford thanks to strikes by Scar­lett Tuck­well, Ty­gun Hart, Liana Hor­wood, Ke­ria Neill and Me­gan Atwell, while the U15s over were also con­vinc­ing win­ners, with Ni­amh Reynolds, Georgia Knott and Rachel Strutt the girls on the mark as they beat Wat­ford 3-0.

But the U16s were knokced out of the League Cup quar­ter fi­nals 4-2 by QPR de­spite goals from Alketa Rragami and Claire Wiener, and the U12s crashed out 5-2 to Berkham­stead Rangers Su­per­novas 5-2, a Chloe Beck­with dou­ble not enough.

EX­AM­PLE: Chelsea ace Gian­franco Zola played along­side Hayes & Yead­ing joint man­ager Paul Hughes and man­aged mid­fielder Ryan Hope at Wat­ford Picture: Gary M Prior/Getty Im­ages

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