Brick by brick to new sta­dium

But with­out ad­di­tional cash, ground­shar­ing will con­tinue

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Matt Lewis matt.lewis@trin­i­tymir­

HAYES & Yead­ing’s chair­man is frus­trated that he can­not pump the funds he would like into com­plet­ing the club’s new sta­dium.

Tony O’Driscoll, who for­mally took con­trol of United ear­lier this week having been act­ing in the role since last sum­mer, is over­see­ing build­ing work at Bea­cons­field Road.

Hayes & Yead­ing brought an end to their three-year ground­share with Wok­ing this year and are now play­ing their Con­fer­ence South home fix­tures at Maiden­head United’s York Road sta­dium.

In or­der to start play­ing foot­ball at their pro­posed new home, the Bea­cons­field Road ground must first meet the Na­tional Ground Grad­ing Cat­e­gory B stan­dard.

Vis­i­ble progress was made dur­ing the close-sea­son, in­clud­ing brick­work on the in­te­rior of the main stand, but a re­turn to ac­tion on the field in­curs greater costs than dur­ing the sum­mer.

Work is un­der way, al­beit at a slow pace, and O’Driscoll is frus­trated at how long it is tak­ing for the project to be com­pleted.

“A lot of the sup­port­ers have been ask­ing me about the ground,” he said. “It’s quite sim­ple: we don’t have any money. Any money we have at the mo­ment is be­ing used to pay the wages and for the ev­ery­day run­ning costs of the club. Any sur­plus is be­ing in­vested in the ground.

“Look­ing from six months ago to now, you will see the progress. We have been spend­ing money on the ground but we’re not able to spend as much money as we would like to at the mo­ment. Lit­tle things are be­ing done down there but not as much as we’d like.

“Build­ing is con­tin­u­ing but it is slow­ing down. Speak­ing to the sup­port­ers, they do un­der­stand the prob­lems we are fac­ing. It is more about let­ting them know what is hap­pen­ing and per­haps in the past they didn’t know.”

United had chalked up two wins out of two be­fore Bas­ingstoke in­flicted their first loss of the sea­son on Satur­day.

That was fol­lowed by an­other de­feat, 1-0 to White­hawk, in Maiden­head on Mon­day.

There is no chance of Hayes & Yead­ing fans see­ing Con­fer­ence foot­ball at Bea­cons­field Road in 2014 but O’Driscoll be­lieves York Road is a good fit for the club in the mean­time.

“The ab­so­lute ear­li­est we could be back there is the start of next year, and that’s only if we get some more money in­jected into the club,” he added. “I’m very happy with the ar­range­ment at Maiden­head and it al­most feels like home.

“The sup­port­ers are hap­pier at Maiden­head and it is eas­ier for them to get to. It is an im­prove­ment from Wok­ing, which is what I’m af­ter, and I hope if the team keeps play­ing good foot­ball that more peo­ple will come down.”

Keeper Jonathan North saved his sec­ond penalty of the sea­son as Weald­stone earned a 0-0 draw at 10-man Ebb­s­fleet United on Mon­day.

North, who was the spot-kick hero on the open­ing day against East­bourne Bor­ough, kept out Matt God­den’s ef­fort from 12 yards just be­fore the break.

That came af­ter the host’s Daryl McMa­hon was sent off af­ter half an hour for a chal­lenge on Luke O’Nien, who joined Stones on Fri­day last week from Wat­ford on a sea­son-long loan.

Scott McGleish was on tar­get in in­jury time on Satur­day as Weald­stone lost their first match in Con­fer­ence South as they were beaten 2-1 by Farn­bor­ough.

■ SLOW PACE: The state of play at Bea­cons­field Road ear­lier this year

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