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A chance to learn free GOLF EVER fancied taking up golf? Well a pioneering club in Rickmansworth is offering you that chance. The author Mark Twain called golf a good walk spoiled, but if you have a passion for the fairways and have always wanted to try swinging a wood or escaping from a bunker, then the Nine of Herts Club in London Road wants to spend April showing you how. Open just a year, the club are offering 12 wannabes the chance of a free place on one-hours group coaching sessions on Discover Golf, a coaching programme designed to attract complete beginners to the sport. Discover Golf offers people the simplest possible route towards becoming a golfer, giving advice on etiquette, rules, and general golf club culture, as well as practical instruction. Director of golf Mark Tompkins said: “At Nine of Herts, we are very much of the opinion that you have to start golf somewhere, and here is the ideal place, as we are very relaxed and welcoming. “We’re delighted to have 12 places on the Discover Golf programme to give away to the first people who apply. If it proves popular, we will consider running some more courses. “People who are interested in taking up a place on the programme can relax in the knowledge that they will be with like-minded people, and will have a laugh while learning a great sport!” For more information, call Nine of Herts GC on 01923 848 636 or email 9ofH@

Clifton edges to win GOLF BARRIE Clifton was the winner of Hillingdon Golf Club’s monthly medal for April. Clifton carded a net 65 in the competition held over the weekend to finish two shots ahead of runner-up Steve Puhlhofer, with Mick Keable (68) in third.

Great Scott, he’s quick CYCLING SCOTT Holmes was fastest of Hillingdon Cycling Club’s competitors at the Veterans Time Trialling Association’s London and Home Counties 10-mile time trial last week. Holmes finished fifth overall in the event held on the Great Missenden track, recording a time of 23.54. Team-mates Paul Egan (25.09) and Graham Pettitt (25.27) also recorded excellent times. On a sad note, Graham Weeks was unable to race in what would have been his last event for the club before moving to France.

Rishi’s a star in the making NORTHWOOD Riverside tennis club starlet Rishi Wijeratne (pictured) came under the watchful eye of the UK’s top talent scout this week. The nine-year-old, already on the LTA’s AEGON Future Stars programme, impressed the association’s head of talent management,

Andrew Lewandowski, at the national talent ID finals in Roehampton. Lewandowski said: “Rishi has performed really well and shown lots of ability across a number of different tasks, testing qualities

including athletic ability, speed, co-ordination and agility and he has a real natural talent and love for the sport.” The St Martin’s School pupil was one of 100 children to take part on the day after progressing through county and regional qualifying.

Adam balances A-levels and scoring centuries Young keeper proves multi-tasking is not a problem CRICKET by Jon Batham

WHOEVER it was who claimed that men cannot multitask has obviously never met Middlesex’s brightest young player. Adam Rossington – who played his club cricket for Eastcote last year – his first in the Middlesex Academy – has been juggling preseason training with final preparations to sit his A-levels in business studies and IT in June. And this after he spent the winter starring for the England U19s on their tour of Sri Lanka. Yet it seems the 17-year-old wicketkeeper batsman is more than happy to rotate swotting boundaries and books for as long as it takes. He said: “I’ve got quite a bit on my plate at the minute but it is not too bad. School is quite good at allowing me to come and play cricket and giving me time to train. “The main thing is to get the exams out of the way and then pick it up from there. Obviously I still want to play cricket while the exams are going on, but really push on once they have all finished.” Rossington, who made his debut for Middlesex under nines aged just six, has shown more than once his ability to thrive under pressure.

He made 161 on his debut for Middlesex seconds last season and made 113 against Sri Lanka’s best young spinners in the first Test match in Galle this winter. He admits the latter was an innings which gave him a massive shot of confidence. He said: “It was a great feeling to score 100 in the sub-continent on a turning pitch. I had done a lot of work before I went away against the turning ball, so it was nice to get in the runs early. “It was a good batting pitch, quite slow, but offered quite a bit for the spinners. As it dried out it did seem to turn a lot more.” There is no doubting the youngster’s ambition as he stated last year he wanted to be in the Middlesex first team by the end of the 2011 season. And he knows with John Simpson and Ben Scott ahead of him in the wicketkeeper stakes, it is runs like those in Galle which may earn him a call up. He added: “Obviously I would like to challenge the wicketkeeping boys, but Simmo and Scotty are two very good players. “If I can’t get in as a keeper, I’ve got to score enough runs to warrant a place as a batsman.” Rossington made the perfect start to that quest with 111 in the seconds’ one-day win over Hertfordshire on Sunday.

■ IN THE RUNS: Adam Rossington

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Harefield aiming to be the best in Europe

Jamaican rugby league GENERAL SPORT BRUNEL University has played a part in the development of rugby league in Jamaica after hosting a four-day course recently. Not known for its love of rugby, the sport is very much in its infancy at present, but Jamaicans, including athletics director, Ventley Brown, attended the first Rugby League European Federation’s technical coaching strategy course. Jamaica’s most prominent rugby league figures found the course, covering a wide range of aspects, very useful. Brown said: “This course will positively impact the standard of our game at both club and community levels.”


■ TOUGH TEST: Harefield (in blue) took on a Russian youth team in a friendly Photo by Ash Magill UX050311ambask02

HAREFIELD Academy’s basketball team are aiming to make giant strides in the coming years after a promising debut season at national level, writes Will Dubey. The head coach at Harefield, Jack Majewski, has visions of establishing the institute as one of the best basketball academies in Europe after a creditable first campaign. The newly formed London United claimed notable scalps on the way to a fifth-placed finish in the league, beating national champions Westminster Warriors and runners-up Reading Rockets. Perhaps an even better

BASKETBALL achievement came at senior level, with youngsters from The Harefield Academy helping the senior team finish sixth in men’s division two. However, the real heroics from Harefield were saved for the cup competitions. In the National Cup they beat a number of division one teams on the way to a narrow semi-final defeat to eventual winners Brixton Topcats, while Harefield’s showing in the Patrons’ Cup was perhaps their most inspiring as they lost in nail-biting fashion to Hemel Storm 75-72 in the final.

Harefield’s exploits have led to coach Majewski targeting further success. “Our target is to become one of the best basketball academies in Europe, that is why we are extensively recruiting new players from the UK and abroad,” he said. Harefield’s desire to emulate top academies in Europe was evident when they invited a Russian academy team to play a friendly match as part of their European tour. The Russians just came out on top in overtime – winning 103-97 – but the match demonstrated just how far The Academy has come in a short space of time.

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Six points separates clubs in judo contest


Mauled by the foxes INDOOR BOWLS HAYES AND District Bowls Association ended their season with a heavy defeat away to Foxhills Club, in Aylesbury, this week. S Wilson, B Wilson, B Belcher and M Bond got an 18-18 draw in the top match, but all the other five rinks were lost, as Hayes went down 159-90.

Kendo charity cash ■ FANTASTIC TOURNAMENT: The juniors who took part



WITH the London Youth Games just around the corner, Hillingdon’s four clubs staged a special U20s tournament last Friday. Willow Heart Judo Club

JUDO played host to near neighbours Grange JC, Harefield JC and Hillingdon JC for the tournament as they marked the

first anniversary of moving to their new sports complex. After a great competition, with more than 100 competitors, only six points separated the four clubs – with Harefield emerging

the winners by a single point from Hillingdon. If anyone is interested in taking up judo they can contact Willow Heart’s coach Neil Roddy by emailing

Ton-up! Sandgate lads take goal tally past 100

And U10s B draw is enough to clinch league two title YOUTH FOOTBALL by Chris Slavin

SANDGATE U12s ended their season in style by taking their goals tally past the century mark.

Conor Bradshaw and Aidan Bradshaw topped the scoring stakes with three goals each as Sandgate won 6-1 and 11-0 in their doubleheader against Manor Colts at the weekend. Nathan Rose, Callum Walters, Anelka Evans, Keith Reilly and Joe Longman all scored doubles, with Diesel Clarke notching the other goal. Reagan Anstey scored the only goal for Manor Colts in the two matches. Sandgate U10s B also clinched glory, with their 3-3 draw against Old Actonians enough to seal the Hayes and Middlesex Youth Division Two title. Ruben Gbotta, Zola Cordosa and James Hanshaw were the lads on target. The U9s A rounded off their season with a win by beating Junior Meads 3-1 with two from Alex Stevens and a goal from Charlie Coshall. One was enough for the U10s B though as a single strike from Ajay Sondhi secured a 1-0 win over Manorcroft United. The U13s got the better of a double-header against Epsom Eagles with a Frankie Coventry double and goals from Mo Ibrahim and Charlie Cain earning a 4-1 win in the first. They had to settle for a 3-3 draw in the return meeting though, with

■ LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL: Sandgate U12s and their supporters celebrate goals from Nathan Minhas, Ciaron Brown and Cain. A Reece Keary strike was enough for the U7s to edge out Old Isleworthians whites 1-0, while the U15s beat Yeading 5-3 to win the West Middlesex and Hayes Premier title. Goals from Mitchell Wiseman, and Shaquille Joel Taylor Hippolyte-Patrick earned a 3-0 win for the U16s over AFC Wimbledon. A Sam Beavis hat-trick was not enough for Manor Colts U12s as they lost out in a nine-goal thriller with Hanwell Town B edging it 5-4. Cowley Youth U8s marched to a 3-0 victory over West Drayton Explorers with man of the match Kye Lewis, Lucas Camacho and Taylor Simon scoring the goals. Three was not enough for the U9s though, who were defeated 5-3 by Manor Youth. Man of the match Danny Woods, Jay Eady and Johnny Morrow were all on target. Alex Harris led the charge for the goals came from Jake Doherty, man U11s as they won 6-4 against West of the match Reiss Tuckwell, Liam Clothier and Alex Kyriakides. London Youth. Harris struck twice and the other ● Cowley Youth are looking for


■ GOING FOR IT: Action from the body armour category Contributed A RICKMANSWORTH Kendo club helped raise funds for the victims of the Japanese tsunami in a recent charity tournament. The Kodokan club raised £1,600 at the event. A percentage of the money will go to the Japanese Red Cross tsunami appeal as well as to the regular charities supported by the club, the Maggies and Macmillan cancer organisations. In the sporting action itself, Kodokan’s competitors showed up well in a sport derived from the Japanese Samurai warriors, who practised using wooden sticks to improve their sword skills. There was a clean sweep of medals in the nine-13 age group with body armour as Takumi Yamamoto took gold, Shogo Yamamoto the silver and Joshua Dew the bronze, the last also being awarded a special fighting spirit award. And in the 14-17 age group there were bronzes for Kie Asano and Kevin Yee. The family event was won by C Fung, I Kurishita and T Yamamoto. Kodokan Kendo club practises at The Princess Marina Sports Centre, the Royal Masonic School for Girls in Rickmansworth. ● For more information about Kendo and Kodokan UK, visit

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■ DIVISION TWO CHAMPIONS: Sandgate Contributed U10s B new players aged between six and 11 to play for their club. Call Nichola on 01895 449 626 or 07904 296 688 for information.

FRIENDLY Old Abbotstonians 110 Sudbury and London Springboks 0 OLD Abbotstonians’ final league game of the season was a complete anti-climax after opponents Sudbury and London Springboks could not raise a side. The visitors forfeited the league points before their hosts ran up a cricket score in a hastily arranged 12-a-side friendly encounter. Bradley Buckingham, Neil Gordge, Dave Francis and scrum half Liam McPherson were among those to cross the whitewash as Abbots signed off with more than a century on the scoreboard.

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Back down to earth HAYES & YEADING YTH FC HAYES and Yeading Youth U9s suffered a 43 defeat, despite recently clinching the league title, with a double from Luke Williams and a Connor Goodliffe strike not enough to save them. The U10s also lost by the same scoreline, but there was a 3-1 win for the U11s with goals from Jack Raines, Jack Richards and Laine McAuliffe. It was a dramatic win for the U13s on Sunday as an injury-time winner from Matthew Marques secured a 1-0 victory over Spartans. A double from Gibson Pasma, along with strikes from Luke Gavin and Sam Pergusey, earned a 4-1 win at Forest United for the U14s. Man of the match Olu Akinsaya struck one of the goals in a 4-2 victory for the U16s against Hanwell Town, with the other scores coming from Dylan Saib, Ryan Mondiwa and Connor O’Neill. The U17s suffered semi-final heartbreak in the league cup as they were knocked out 3-2 by Kingsbury London Tigers, with Jeffrey Twumasi and Carron Moses Holmes striking the goals in defeat. Hayes and Yeading Youth are looking for new players for next season in all age groups. Call Paul Raines on 07769 357 969 for information.

Ickenham edge it YOUTH FOOTBALL ICKENHAM Youth U13s edged a 10-goal thriller against LNER on Sunday, with Alex Bell and Robbie Lovitt both striking twice. Jacob Cook and Peter George were also on target in a 6-4 victory, Jay Thorne and Cook sharing the man of the match award. The U9s marched to a 4-0 victory over Headstone Manor B with goals from man of the match Jack Richards, Alex Sparks, Riley Allen and Matthew Vecchione. The U8s A had to settle for a share of the spoils in a 3-3 draw with Parkfield, thanks to goals from Sean Alexander, Ben Brownlee and an own goal. Rocco Alessi earned the man of the match award. There was no unlucky 13 for Manor Youth Colts U14s as they earned an emphatic friendly victory in an inter-club match against a team from the same age group. Terry Mitchell struck five and Mason King four, with the other goals in a 13-2 win coming from Charlie Murray, Ronnie Norris, Eric Osigwe, Ethan Sennett and man of the match Rees Jones. A goal from Charlie Evans earned a 1-1 draw for Wealdstone A U13s against Harrow St Mary’s, with Mitchell Rayner man of the match. Oscar Smith was on target for the U8s A in a 5-1 defeat to Princess Park, with Ben Freeth man of the match. The U11s B suffered a heavier defeat as they lost 10-1, with a consolation goal from Ciaran Callaghan and Brandon Coombes as man of the match. Harefield United U12s marched up to second spot in the table with an emphatic 4-1 win over Princes Risborough, thanks to goals from man of the match Napoleon Katumba, and strikes by twin brothers Jiwan and Karan Soar and Alex Bartnik. Bessingby Park Rangers U15s beat Magix 1-0 with a goal from Kevin Irikefe.


Stand-in keeper’s clean sheet impresses the boss Rimell will hold on to the gloves for Reds’ next match ZAMARETTO LEAGUE by Ryan Waugh

DANIEL Rimell will be handed the gloves once again for Uxbridge on Saturday after his impressive performance as emergency goalkeeper. The 20-year-old, who is normally a defender for the reserves, grabbed his first-team chance with both hands in the 1-0 win over Barton Rovers as a late replacement for number one Michael Piwonski, who missed the game because of illness. And Uxbridge boss Tony Choules says he will reward Rimell by keeping him between the sticks for the short trip to Beaconsfield SYCOB. Reds’ assistant boss Paul Mills said: “We have the goalkeeping situation and first of all what needs to be said is how well Daniel Rimell did. He was not our first-choice goalkeeper and he was called up at the last minute. “He epitomises what we are looking for at this football club. This season we have been sold short quite a few times and we can’t speak highly enough of him. “If we defended like that in front of our goalkeeper every week, we would probably not be in the position that we are in.” Rimell’s performance at one end helped Uxbridge tame Rovers on

Saturday and a 45th-minute header from Stuart Farrell, following a Toby Little free kick, was enough to clinch the points for the hosts. New striker Jake Lovell, who recently signed for Reds from Northwood, missed a chance to make if safe for Uxbridge, but Mills believes the ex-Hayes and Yeading player will be more of an asset for the club next season. “We’ve Jake coming in and two or three others we would like to speak to over the summer,” Mills added. “We are definitely looking at bringing young players in, we have a lot of lads in our side who have been fantastic servants and hopefully they will be here next season, but we think the way to go is with fresh blood.” Northwood still have work to do to ensure safety in Zamaretto Division One Central after Saturday’s gallant defeat at promotion-chasers Slough Town. Northwood were beaten 4-3, with goals from Ollie Hawkins, Kevin Wynter and Scott Orphanou not enough to salvage a point for Gary Meakin’s men. Northwood were due to travel to North Greenford last night (Tuesday), with the chance to edge closer to the points total that will make them mathematically certain of survival this season. Meanwhile, AFC Hayes secured a hard-fought 0-0 draw at fellow strugglers Soham Town Rangers on Saturday.

■ GIVE US A HUG: Boss Tony Choules (left) gives Daniel Rimell some words of encouragement before the Barton game Photo by Colin Evans/

Squandered lead costs Panthers the title DENHAM United girls Panthers U14s missed out on the Home Counties title after they squandered a 2-0 lead against Tottenham Youth. Despite first-half goals from Emma Kern and Annie Hewitt, as well as a player of the match by Lauren performance Panthers Cunningham, the suffered heartache when their

opponents fought back to claim a 2-2 draw, which was enough to give them the league championship. There was similar agony for the U12s, who lost 4-0 to a rampant Hampstead side in the semi-finals of the League Cup. It was joy for the U15s though as they wrapped up their title-winning season with a 2-0 win over

DENHAM LADIES FC Wimbledon Town FC. A brace from Alisha Spivey was enough to see United finish the campaign in style. Meanwhile, Denham Wildcats U14s lost 2-1 to Netheren Falcons after having only 10 players to choose from for the match.

● DENHAM United Girls Youth are holding their annual open trials day on June 11 at The Den, Oxford Road, New Denham. Players of all ages from U9s through to seniors are welcome to attend the trials that take place from 10am to noon. For information, please call Tina Pearce on 07974 755 267.

Rangers youngsters end with a flourish RUISLIP RANGERS YOUTH FC RUISLIP Rangers U7s Clarets ended their season with a flourish by marching to an impressive victory over Harlington on Sunday. Goals from Riley Burke, James Seago and Jay Marsh secured a 3-0 victory, with Jake Brooks as man of the match. A hat-trick from Sam Ogundere helped the U6s A to a stunning away victory at TFA Totteridge, with a double from Kyle Norton and a Bobby McGrath strike. The U10s A clinched the Harrow League title with a stunning 4-1 win over title rivals Brunswick, with a double from Jack Allen, a Kyran Worrell strike an an

own goal sealing the title Dan Cresswell secured the man of the match award. The U14s A earned a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Wealdstone, with a great goal from Bartoz Libera Wolciech. A double from Elijah Hearn helped the U7s A to an impressive 5-2 success over Parkfield B on Saturday, with the other goals coming from Jahrome McCardle, Sam Brown and Lewis Batten. Alex James was man of the match. It was even more emphatic for the same team with a 5-0 win over Bessingby Park Rangers A, thanks to a James double, Brown, Hearn and McCardle. The U15s girls maintained their position at the top with Catherine Fahy striking six goals in a 7-1 victory over Marlow. Sarah Key netted the other.

■ IMPRESSIVE VICTORY: Ruislip Rangers U7s Clarets

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Impressive Hayes win keeps Haylock happy HAYES & YEADING FC

■ DELIGHTED: Garry Haylock Photo by John-Patrick Fletcher

BLUE SQUARE PREMIER Hayes and Yeading 4 Mansfield Town 0 GARRY Haylock was delighted to see his side put four past Mansfield without reply after fearing a repeat of January’s capitulation against Rushden and Diamonds. The Hayes and Yeading boss was pleased his men came into the dressing room three goals to the good at half-time but was mindful of throwing away the points in a similar fashion to United’s 3-3 draw with the Diamonds earlier in the season. He said: “We played Rushden and

Diamonds here this season at 3-0 up with 20 minutes to go and drew three each – two points lost. What I said at half-time was we must keep a clean sheet. I don’t care about anything else but I want a clean sheet. “Earlier in the season we played some great football but we couldn’t keep a clean sheet. Last week we defended really well, this week we’ve defended really well. It’s a pleasing performance, I’m not sure it’s our best of the season but it’s certainly pleasing.” Free-scoring midfielder Bradley Pritchard gave Hayes the lead after just 11 minutes as he guided a header into the top right hand corner of David Grof’s net.

Ten minutes later and it was two with Elliott Buchanan sweeping home a perfectly weighted cross from on-loan Crawley Town full back Sam Rents. Buchanan then sent United into dreamland with a venomous volley which cannoned in off the post after Peter Holmes had beaten the offside trap. Mansfield gave themselves an even bigger mountain to climb before the break when Paul Connor was dismissed for raising an arm. And despite Haylock’s fears the Stags posed no second-half threat, only finding the net with 10 minutes remaining as Tyrone Thompson bizarrely put past his own keeper.

Hawkins not interested in full-time management

Temporary boss is happy to see out rest of the season HILLINGDON BORO’ FC by Tim Street

STEVE Hawkins will stay on as Hillingdon Borough manager until the end of the season, but insists he is not interested in a full-time job.

Hawkins stepped into the breach when Boro were left in the lurch by Gary Meakin’s defection to neighbours Northwood three weeks ago. However, although his stay will only be a temporary one, it will give Boro some breathing space in which to find a permanent replacement for Meakin. Hawkins said: “I can 100 per cent definitely say I am not interested in the job full-time. “I have already been manager here once, between 2000 and 2002, before moving to North Greenford United, and I don’t want to go back. “It’s not that I think I’m better than the club or think I should be managing at a higher level, it’s just that I’ve been there and done it already. “I’ve kept in touch with the club since I left and come down to games, especially when my son was playing and they asked me to help out, but that was it.” Hawkins was certainly left with a mammoth rebuilding task after Meakin left, taking his backroom


Crucial points dropped HILLINGDON FC MIDDLESEX COUNTY FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION ONE WEST LPOSSA 0 Hillingdon 0 HILLINGDON’s title hopes suffered a serious blow on Saturday as they were held to a goalless draw at lowly LPOSSA. The visitors struggled for openings against their relegation haunted hosts, and though leaders Chiswick Homefields also drew on their travels to Kensington Dragons, it means Hillingdon are six points adrift in the title race with just three matches left. Danielle Denyer had their only effort of note in the first half with a header from Andy Bell’s free kick, which was saved by the mailmen’s keeper. Hillingdon were more dominant after the interval with debutant Nic Prior (pictured) producing a man of the match performance in midfield. And it was Prior who came closest to a winner, shooting just wide at the end of a fine run. Meanwhile, the reserves also drew 1-1 at Sandgate.

HAYES & DIST SUN LGE President’s Cup: Firm Foundations 2 Premier Sports 0. Premier Division: FC Yiewsley 2 Chiswick Albion 0; Larkspur Rovers 0 Northolt Rangers 1. Division One: Brentford St George’s 0 Spartak 2010 1; Old Southall 5 Harmondsworth FC 1; Perivale 2 Hayes End Wanderers 4. Division Two: Featherstone Legends 1 Northolt Manor 4; Royal Park 0 The Dolphin 9; Ruislip Rovers 2 Acton Central 4. Division Three: Yeading Lane 6 Manor 0. Division Four: CB Hounslow United 3rds 6 Parkway 3; Load of Hay 4 Cowley United 6; Unity 4 West Drayton Explorers 3. Division Five: Northolt Shepherds 4 Greenford Gaints 3; S S Hounslow 1 The Victoria 2; UB6 United 1 Hanwell Chargers 4.


■ TOUGH FEW WEEKS: Daniel Barrance holds up the ball during last Tuesday’s Middlesex Senior Charity Cup defeat Photo by Matt Grayson UX050411mghihan04

staff with him, along with six Hillingdon players. Hawkins said: “It’s certainly been a busy few weeks. Nine players in total left when Gary did, leaving me with only seven, and that was four days before the transfer deadline! “In my first four games we had pretty much four completely different sides out. We have been calling

in favours from other clubs, who have helped us out.” Ironically, two players who played with Meakin at the now defunct Bedfont FC last season have been brought in on dual registration, Hendon winger Aaron Morgan and Walton Casuals defender Liam Hind. However, not even Hawkins’

reinforcements could prevent Boro crashing out of the Middlesex Senior Charity Cup in last Tuesday’s 3-0 home semi-final with Hanworth Villa, who won it thanks to a Levi King hat-trick. Borough suffered a 3-2 defeat at St Margaretsbury on Saturday with goals from Ethan Hughes and Harry Smart.

SATURDAY Blue Square Premier: Hayes and Yeading v Darlington Ryman Premier: Wealdstone v Billericay Town Zamaretto Division One Central: AFC Hayes v Biggleswade Town; Beaconsfield SYCOB v Uxbridge; Northwood v Aylesbury Spartan Midlands Premier: Biggleswade United v Hillingdon Borough; Harefield United v Oxhey Jets TUESDAY Blue Square Premier: Hayes and Yeading v Gateshead United Zamaretto Division One Central: AFC Hayes v Arlesey Town; Northwood v Woodford United Spartan Midlands Premier: Hillingdon Borough v Chalfont St Peter

Stones end three-game losing run with derby day win at Hendon

RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION 0 Hendon 1 Wealdstone WES Parker’s second-half goal ended a run of three successive defeats for Wealdstone at Hendon on Saturday. The defender struck with a header to settle a game with a distinctly end of season feel to it, lacking the intensity normally associated with skirmishes between neighbours. Stones began brightly enough with a shot from

WEALDSTONE FC Callum Martin stinging the palms of Greens’ keeper James Reading after 10 minutes, while 60 seconds later Peter Dean’s effort hit the side netting. Much of the rest of the half was a tale of mishit or misdirected passes by both sides, but visiting keeper Jonathan North was finally employed on 38 minutes when he tipped over a fiercely struck free kick from Hendon’s top scorer Belal Aite-

Ouakrim. Dean went close on two occasions as half-time approached, but it remained goalless at the break. On a day of little creativity the deadlock was broken on 50 minutes from a set piece. Dean lifted a corner into the 18-yard box, where Parker rose highest to loop his header beyond Reading. Stones had chances to kill the game off Dean seeing a shot blocked after he was unselfishly set up by Gavin Massey, while Martin

saw his shot from the edge well saved by Reading. And as Hendon left gaps in search of a leveller, Massey again got the back line to tee up Lee Chappell, but the Stones’ skipper fired wide with the goal gaping. Gordon Bartlett’s men might have paid for those misses late on when Aite-Ouakrim took aim from the edge of the area, but North was on hand to palm the shot away and seal a moraleboosting win.

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Buchanan to Hayes’ rescue Striker’s scoring run could help them stay up HAYES & YEADING FC by Matt Lewis

GARRY Haylock has hailed the emergence of Elliott Buchanan as Hayes and Yeading’s unlikely relegation saviour after his superb debut season at Conference level. The 21-year-old striker endured a slow start to his Hayes and Yeading career after making a giant leap from Southern League football with Slough Town, and struck just two goals before Christmas. After starting the season in the shadow of then top marksman Ben Wright, injury and a loss of form saw Buchanan playing reserve team football. He also had to cope with the death of his father in January. However, he is now Hayes and Yeading’s main man up front, with 14 goals in all competitions. Hayes and Yeading boss Haylock said: “We always felt that it was going to be after Christmas that he came to the fore. He played at Slough Town last year, so he has come in from three levels below and he is playing very well. “It has taken him a while to get into the pace of the games but when we lost Ben, it meant we had to throw him in, which wasn’t right for him. Now he is in form we thought we’d get more out of him, and he’s on fire at the moment.” Buchanan, who made only one brief appearance as substitute in his

Suspension may lead to ban for United’s Ashby HAREFIELD UNITED FC HAREFIELD United’s Steve Ashby may never play for the club again after he was given a temporary ban from football for allegedly attacking a referee. The midfielder has been issued with an interim suspension order (ISO) and he will be subject to a Middlesex County FA hearing next month after Harefield’s recent match against Sandhurst was abandoned as a result of the incident. Ashby is alleged to have made contact with his head with referee Robert Was after he was sent off during the match in the Suburban League for Harefield United reserves. Harefield secretary Ray Green confirmed that his registration with both the Spartan League and Spartan South Midlands League has now been cancelled. But he added: “Until it goes to the county FA and gets heard and all the facts are put into the case, then there is not much more we can say about it. “But if it is proven that he has done something that warrants that punishment, then he will not be playing for the club again.” Middlesex FA chief executive Peter Clayton has confirmed that Ashby will be suspended from all football until his hearing takes place next month, on a date yet to be confirmed. Meanwhile, Harefield United’s first team boosted their hopes of survival in the Spartan Midlands Premier with a 2-1 win at Broxbourne Borough on Saturday. Liam Sonner’s 18th-minute strike for Harefield was cancelled out by Junior Adedye in the second half, but an Alex Bolt own goal nine minutes from time handed the visitors all three points.

ONLINE ■ RISING STAR: Elliott Buchanan powers a header towards goal against Mansfield first stint at Conference level with Stevenage Borough three years ago, says he is thriving on the responsibility of keeping Hayes and Yeading up after his double blast in the 4-0 win over Mansfield. His resurgence has also meant he has had to rethink his pre-season target of 10 goals. “To be top goalscorer would mean a lot to me. I’ve said 15 is a realistic target before the end of the season. I set that number a couple of

months ago. I think I am about one away from that now so I might push it up a bit. “It has definitely helped me since I have been starting. I knew that once I got a bit of consistency I would score goals. So I am just happy to be starting and scoring. “I think we should be safe if we can grind out one more victory. The momentum would take us and we could push on. I am leading the line up top at the moment and if I can

Photo by John-Patrick Fletcher

keep this scoring run going then hopefully it will help us to stay up.” Meanwhile, Haylock could face a goalkeeping selection dilemma for the visit of Darlington on Saturday. Shane McWeeney came in for the Mansfield game in place of Lee Harrison, whose wife had gone into labour, but the latter will be back in contention for Saturday, as will Delroy Preddie, who has returned to full training after a hamstring injury.


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