Cup wins a bonus but league results are key
Hayes boss confident his squad can earn top-half finish FOOTBALL
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.
n HOOFING: Northwood’s George Nicholas holds up the ball during the 3-0 win over Marlow