Crocked Which­e­low wants to get back fir­ing

WEALDSTONE

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

The for­mer Lu­ton Town young­ster has been one of few con­stants in a what has been a tur­bu­lent pe­riod for the club, with a re­volv­ing door of trans­fer com­ings and go­ings.

Now in his fifth sea­son at the club, Everitt’s con­nec­tion goes deeper than that as he played for both Hayes FC and Yead­ing FC be­fore they merged al­most a decade ago.

Everitt missed the early days of the new man­age­ment duo of Paul Hughes and Ritchie Han­lon due to a me­dial lig­a­ment in­jury, but is now back and ready for an­other rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle.

Everitt said: “Ev­ery­one’s set­tling in well. I was out for seven weeks so I’ve not been around as much as I’d like, but the new man­agers are a change which, you’d ar­gue look­ing at what’s hap­pened in re­cent years, the club has needed.

“Some sta­bil­ity would be good, and if the man­agers stay it means they have beeen suc­cess­ful, so I hope they have a long reign. The new team is com­ing on and our game is com­ing to­gether. Train­ing is good and the new play­ers are look­ing good.

“I’ve played for Hayes, Yead­ing and Hayes & Yead­ing, so the club is close to my heart. I want them to do well and am des­per­ate to get them back on track. It’s a club that needs to be built back up.

“It was a kick in the teeth to be in the sta­dium then out again, as we thought we fi­nally had a base. It will be bril­liant when we can get MATT Which­e­low has promised to find his scor­ing boots again for Wealdstone as soon as he re­turns from in­jury, writes Jon Batham.

The for­mer Wat­ford winger was get­ting back into the groove when hit­ting his fifth of the sea­son in the win over Maiden­head only to be side­lined by a calf in­jury in last week’s win over East Thur­rock.

The 25-year-old, who ar­rived at Grosvenor Vale in the sum­mer, sat out Satur­day’s 2-2 FA Tro­phy draw with Win­gate & Finch­ley.

How­ever hav­ing been egged on by back in there and build a proper home in the com­mu­nity, as that’s what has been lack­ing these last few years.

“But I’m fit again, so hope­fully I’ll get a run in the team and help the younger play­ers, which all goes with mak­ing the club suc­cess­ful. I want to see the club do well, so any­thing I can do to help on or off the pitch is what I want to do.”

United thought the turn­ing point had ar­rived 10 days ago when they con­vinc­ingly won 5-1 at South­ern Premier rel­e­ga­tion ri­vals St Neots Town.

But since then, United have been thrashed 6-0 at Che­sham United and 5-0 at Ban­bury United, to plum­met back to square one.

They were hop­ing to bounce back at home to Frome Town last night and travel to Strat­ford Town on Satur­day, buoyed by new sign­ing Dar­ren Locke, the for­mer Wealdstone, Hemel Hemp­stead and St Al­bans City cen­tre-back. coach Mickey John­son to have more shots, a phi­los­o­phy he be­lieves his team­mates should em­u­late, Which­e­low is con­fi­dent he will be back in the goals soon enough.

He said: “I’d been hav­ing a few shots the last few games be­cause, speak­ing to Mickey, he feels I need to be a bit more self­ish and be­lieve in my­self a bit more.

“I wouldn’t say my self-be­lief has been in a bit of a dip, it’s more about me be­ing more ruth­less in front of goal. That ap­plies to the team as well, when we do get chances we have to take them. We have to make sure ev­ery time we go out and play we are test­ing the goal­keeper, be­cause you never know what go­ing to hap­pen.”

Which­e­low, who played 21 games for the Hor­nets from 2010-13, was lured to north-west London by a com­bi­na­tion of new chair­man Peter Mars­den – who he played un­der in a brief loan spell at Ac­cring­ton – and man­ager Gordon Bartlett.

He ad­mits it has been tough since com­ing out of full-time foot­ball three years ago, but says he is back to play­ing the game for the love of it.

“It has been up and down since Wat­ford, where I have just been try­ing to find that bit of con­sis­tency in my game and keep some mo­men­tum go­ing,” said the winger. is

“I’ve had spells where I’ve been do­ing well and then had a dip in form where I just haven’t found my feet. It is a tough ad­just­ment from play­ing full-time, go­ing to train­ing and be­ing done by 12 o’clock, whereas now I have a job and don’t fin­ish un­til 5:30pm.

“You have to take it in your stride, learn from it and grow. You have to try and get the en­joy­ment out of it, so it is about try­ing to play foot­ball with a smile on my face.”

Stones were due to re­play against Win­gate & Finch­ley last night, with the win­ners due to travel north to Vanarama Na­tional League strug­glers South­port on Jan­uary 14.

LOYAL: Adam Everitt is Hayes & Yead­ing United’s longest­serv­ing player Pic­ture: Gareth Davies BA164525

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