Put­man pickme-up for H&Y

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

LEWIS PUT­MAN’s ar­rival at Hayes & Yeading may have come at the per­fect time for all con­cerned, ac­cord­ing to boss Paul Hughes.

The striker, brought in on loan from Slough Town last week, marked his de­but with a goal in Sun­day’s 2-1 South­ern Premier de­feat to Ket­ter­ing at Hol­loways Park.

Put­man, pic­tured, was a ris­ing star when he signed for United’s neigh­bours Weald­stone a few sea­sons ago, but in­juries and other is­sues have stunted his progress.

Hughes though, feels those prob­lems are be­hind Put­man and he could be the man to fire them to South­ern Premier safety.

“Not ev­ery­one knows the rea­sons why Lewis per­haps didn’t ful­fil that po­ten­tial,” said Hughes. “He went through a lot as a young man, out­side foot­ball, but now feels he is ready to get back on the road to that pro­gres­sion. Lewis was do­ing well at Slough who then changed the way they played and the shape did not suit him, but he suits us. He is also a free-kick spe­cial­ist, which is some­thing we have been miss­ing.”

Put­man’s strike was ul­ti­mately not enough against Ket­ter­ing for a United side who con­ceded twice from cor­ners in the sec­ond half. Hughes be­lieves the loss came from a fail­ure to push on from the pos­i­tive foot­ball of the first half – a con­se­quence of a lack of con­fi­dence. He added: “We played re­ally well [in the] first half on Sun­day, Putts took his goal well and we might have got a sec­ond.

“At half-time we wanted to push on, but the boys sat back and in­vited pres­sure. We need to re­alise we are a good side and can dom­i­nate, but that is part of the play­ers’ men­tal­ity. It’s a con­fi­dence is­sue.”

In Di­vi­sion One Cen­tral, Uxbridge lost 5-2 at lead­ers Roys­ton but Northwood drubbed bot­tom side Peters­field 4-0.

A late James Charles penalty saw AFC Hayes beat Ep­som & Ewell 1-0 in the Com­bined Coun­ties Premier and an Aaron McLeish dou­ble saw Hare­field United beat Ris­bor­ough Rangers 2-1 in Spar­tan South Mid­lands One.

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