Quick-fix trio could stay on


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

HAYES & Yead­ing United joint­boss Paul Hughes is hop­ing to ex­tend the stay of his trio of loan sign­ings un­til the end of the sea­son.

Hughes has brought in both cen­tre-back Wes Parker and mid­fielder Solo­man Sam­bou from Weald­stone (see right), as well as right-back David King from Hemel Hemp­stead.

Parker is a stal­wart of more than 250 games for the Stones, while Sam­bou is a re­cent ar­rival there, hav­ing dropped as far as Bed­ford Town in the South­ern League af­ter leav­ing Ful­ham.

King mean­while, who can also play on the right wing, has fea­tured for Bore­ham Wood and Ox­ford City af­ter start­ing out at MK Dons as a young­ster.

Hughes said: “They are all ini­tial one-month loan deals which we will be hop­ing to ex­tend if all goes well. Solomon has been out of the game for some time and needs games, while Dave can play any­where down the right-hand side and gives us the op­tion to go three at the back.

“Wes is a fan­tas­tic cap­ture and will bring ex­pe­ri­ence to the back four. He needed to get games, and while he hasn’t played for us yet, he’s been train­ing with us for a few weeks and looks like he will be a huge as­set for us.

“We’ve got a good back four now but Dar­ren Locke has pulled his ham­string – al­though we’re hop­ing to have him back this week – and Tom Broad­bent has been called up by the army to South Africa. We don’t ex­pect to see him un­til the end of Jan­uary.

“We want to play ex­pan­sive at­tack­ing foot­ball, but we’ve been caught out when teams counter-at­tack us, so we need some ex­pe­ri­enced heads at the back, like those we have brought in, to stop that hap­pen­ing.”

While United’s game at Dorch­ester Town was called off due to a frozen pitch on Satur­day, Hughes was con­fi­dent last night’s (Tues­day) planned fix­ture at Wey­mouth would beat the freez­ing con­di­tions due to the su­pe­rior fa­cil­i­ties there.

United will then host Ket­ter­ing Town at Bea­cons­field SYCOB on Sun­day, kicking off at 1pm, fol­lowed by a League Cup quar­ter fi­nal against Chal­font St Peter next week, al­though the date and venue is yet to be con­firmed for that match. GOR­DON Bartlett is weigh­ing up a move for an­other striker af­ter learn­ing top scorer El­liot Benyon will be out for at least a month with a dis­lo­cated shoul­der, writes Tim Street.

The Weald­stone boss has al­ready turned down a num­ber of op­tions as he didn’t feel they were the right fit for the club.

And if noth­ing ma­te­ri­alises be­fore Satur­day’s trip to Dart­ford, he will take a chance on ei­ther Jonny Wright or Omar Koroma to lead the line.

Bartlett said: “El­liot just slipped over – it was not a foot­ball-re­lated in­ci­dent – and will be out for four to six weeks, which is not ideal. I spoke to three or four strik­ers last week but chose not to do it – they need to be the right player.

“Jonny and Omar have been play­ing out wide for us this sea­son, but if last Satur­day’s game had not been post­poned, one of them would have been up front.

Some­thing may hap­pen by this Satur­day but if not, I’m con­fi­dent the play­ers we have can do the job.”

Bartlett did, in fact, make a triple swoop af­ter cast­ing his eye over po­ten­tial sign­ings in last week’s Mid­dle­sex Se­nior Cup win at Har­row – and even though two of them are front men, none are ready for first-team ac­tion yet.

For­mer QPR, Old­ham and Ox­ford striker Josh Parker, ex-Ful­ham trainee Solo­man Sam­bou and Adam Fran­cis, son of for­mer Eng­land star Gerry, will in­stead get an­other chance in next Tues­day’s Mid­dle­sex Char­ity Cup tie at CB Houn­slow United. Sam­bou, mean­while, was im­me­di­ately loaned out to Hayes & Yead­ing United (see left).

Bartlett said: “None of them are match-fit – Josh has not played since July – so we need to get them games and get them fit. We’re not ex­pect­ing them to play in the im­me­di­ate fu­ture but they could be im­por­tant in a few weeks’ time.

“We’ve not got a re­serve side, but we can play them in the county cup games. Don’t get me wrong, I want to win these cups, but I will still make 10 changes against Houn­slow as we have one hell of a run com­ing up and we need to get these play­ers fit.

“It’s a cal­cu­lated risk.”

OUT: El­liot Benyon, pic­tured play­ing for Hayes & Yead­ing, is out for Weald­stone. Photo by Grant Humphreys WL151424

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