DEAN Macey often fought against the odds during his own career.

And he is now helping Sceptre League side Daws Heath do the same.

Macey, who won gold in the decathlon at the last Commonwealth Games, has become a personal trainer since hanging up his spikes.

And his training tips have helped turn around the fortunes of a previously struggling Heath side.

“Just before Christmas we were really struggling,” explained Daws Heath manager Chris Nice.

“We were second from bottom in Division Two and lost 10-1 to Benfleet Villa.

“At that point, it was really make or break for our future and we were considering calling it a day.

“But, it was at that time, we saw a report in the Echo about Dean’s training tips and decided to get in touch with him.”

Subsequently, Heath soon began to train with Macey once a week on the athletics track at Waterside Farm on Canvey Island and his involvement has completely transformed the team’s season.

Heath are unbeaten in nine games since teaming up with Macey and have netted 33 goals in those matches to work their way up to fourth in the standings.

On top of that, Nice’s side have also reached the divisional cup final as they go head to head with Leigh United at Great Wakering Rovers’ Burroughs Park home tonight.

“It’s unbelievable what’s happened but we haven’t lost since we started training with Dean,” said Nice.

“He puts us through some very tough training sessions, which include a number of circuits, and we’re much fitter now.

“The results speak for themselves and hopefully we can keep it going but it will be very hard against Leigh.”

Macey, who will be in attendance at the final this evening, has also enjoyed his involvment with Heath and the successful results his methods have brought them.

“It’s been great training them and seeing how much they have improved,” said Macey, who also won silver and bronze medals at the World Championships during his career.

“They have worked incredibly hard, both with me and when they are on their own, and I’m glad it’s helped them improve.

“They are a great group of lads and I wish them all the best for their cup final tonight.”