Cup wins a bonus but league re­sults are key

Hayes boss con­fi­dent his squad can earn top-half fin­ish FOOT­BALL

Harefield Gazette - - ADULT SERVICES 18+ - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

IAN Crane will not be get­ting too ex­cited if AFC Hayes man­age to pull off an FA Cup up­set on Satur­day.

The Brook, hav­ing sur­vived a gi­ant-killing them­selves when they knocked out Holmer Green in a re­play in the last round, have the chance to shock Ryman Premier side Har­row Bor­ough in Satur­day’s first qual­i­fy­ing round home tie.

But the Hayes boss is more con­cerned with his side’s South­ern Di­vi­sion One Cen­tral form, with Satur­day’s 5-0 home ham­mer­ing by Ket­ter­ing Town leav­ing them bot­tom of the ta­ble.

They had the chance to put things right in last night’s (Tues­day’s) game against Chal­font St Peter.

Crane said: “I’m look­ing for­ward to the Har­row game as know a lot of their lads. They will be favourites and should be rolling us over, but this is cup foot­ball, and I’d like to think we can do it.

“How­ever, the cup is just a bonus, and we need to start pick­ing up league points. I have had some stern words. You can have all the abil­ity in the world, but if you don’t match it with work rate and de­sire then you’re go­ing nowhere.

“But we have had some key play­ers un­avail­able, and I’m con­fi­dent that once we get the likes of Es­mond James, Jerome Ec­cle­ston, Charlie Crane and Jake Cass back, we will be fine and look­ing at a top-half fin­ish.”

FA Cup fever will also be hit­ting Green­ford United and Egham Town re­spec­tively.

Tony Choules’ Uxbridge were beaten 4-3 in a thriller at St Ives Town on Satur­day de­spite goals from Wayne Carter, Ro­maric Lo­gon and Lewis Cole.

North­wood had a good week­end, putting three past Mar­low with­out re­ply; Michael Mur­ray, George Ni­cholas and Nana Asamoah were all on tar­get.

Hare­field United romped to a 6-0 tri­umph over Broad­fields United in the FA Vase first qual­i­fy­ing round. This week­end’s Spar­tan South Mid­lands League Premier ac­tion is at Tring.

Ri­vals Hilling­don Bor­ough had no game at the week­end but were due to take on Tring them­selves yes­ter­day evening.

They are again with­out sched­uled game this Satur­day.

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Photo by James Brown

n HOOFING: North­wood’s George Ni­cholas holds up the ball dur­ing the 3-0 win over Mar­low

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