‘Crane will turn sea­son around’

Chair­man says boss can get Hayes back on track FOOT­BALL

Harefield Gazette - - MOTORS - By Matt Lewis matt.lewis@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

LOYAL AFC Hayes chair­man Barry Stone has given his full support to Ian Crane and be­lieves the un­der­fire man­ager is the right man to get the club out of trou­ble.

The Brook are bot­tom of the South­ern League Di­vi­sion One Cen­tral and have not won a game for more than two months.

Hayes’ lat­est set­back came on Satur­day at Farm Park as pro­mo­tion-chas­ing Bed­worth United proved too strong for the base­ment dwellers.

In­juries to key play­ers like Es­mond James and Jake Cass have made life dif­fi­cult for Crane, but Stone reck­ons he has seen enough de­ter­mi­na­tion from the Brook boss to give him hope.

Stone said: “I know he’s work­ing very hard and play­ers are com­ing back from in­jury. It’s strange but it al­ways seems to be the bet­ter play­ers that end up get­ting in­jured. Los­ing crit­i­cal play­ers will af­fect you.

“It’s a dif­fi­cult decision to make but at the mo­ment he’s got the full back­ing off the com­mit­tee. There’s no change. We’re all very im­pressed with Ian’s work ethic and what he’s try­ing to do. He’s not just shrug­ging his shoul­ders, he’s very pos­i­tive.

“He’s got our full support. If he hadn’t he wouldn’t be in charge this Satur­day. Ob­vi­ously he’s not happy about the re­sults. None of us want to be in the po­si­tion we’re in. I know he’s look­ing for play­ers and we talk about it after ev­ery game.

“We haven’t been scor­ing goals. We’ve been play­ing quite well at times, but just not scor­ing enough goals. Find­ing peo­ple to come in is dif­fi­cult be­cause every­body wants goalscor­ers and we haven’t got the money to pay for them. I know he’s look­ing for play­ers and we talk about it after ev­ery game.

“We’d love to be able to give the man­ager a big­ger bud­get but we just haven’t got it as a club. It’s tough. This has been our tough­est sea­son for a while. You can make the decision to change, and maybe at some stage that’ll hap­pen if things don’t get any bet­ter, but the rea­son we’re stick­ing with him is he’s work­ing hard to change it.

“As a club we’ve al­ways sup­ported peo­ple who show that kind of work ethic. We’ve al­ways been com­fort­able un­der Ian for the last cou­ple of sea­sons. We’ve not been in this po­si­tion be­fore. Yes, even­tu­ally you have to think about chang­ing, but I’ve spo­ken with Ian and we’ll con­tinue to support him. We need to do some­thing rel­a­tively quickly – we all know that, Ian knows that.”

AFC Hayes will be hop­ing to end their win­less run when they travel to Daven­try Town on Satur­day.

Mean­while, Matty Woods’ sec­ond-half goal earned Uxbridge, who visit Chal­font St Peter this week­end, a point as they drew 1-1 at home to strug­gling Leighton Town.

North­wood played out a goal­less draw at Bea­cons­field SYCOB and they head to lead­ers Ket­ter­ing on Satur­day.

Mean­while, in the Spar­tan South Mid­lands Premier, Ricky Pither struck to earn Hare­field United a 1-1 draw against Stot­fold and they travel to London Tigers on Satur­day.

Hilling­don Bor­ough will be look­ing to bounce back from a 4-2 loss at Kings Lan­g­ley, where Francisco Caro and Karl Steven­son were on tar­get, when they host London Col­ney. PHIL Babb blasted his Hayes & Yead­ing United play­ers for show­ing a lack of ef­fort in Satur­day’s FA Trophy exit to Weald­stone, writes James Keith.

Wes Parker got the only goal of the game at Grosvenor Vale to knock Babb’s side out of the com­pe­ti­tion at the first round stage.

It’s just one win in seven now for Hayes & Yead­ing and Babb (pic­tured) was deeply un­happy with the man­ner of the 1-0 de­feat to Gor­don Bartlett’s men.

“I’m dis­ap­pointed to not only lose a cup tie but also a lo­cal derby,” Babb said.

“We def­i­nitely had a lot of pos­ses­sion, it was just the cut­ting edge that de­ter­mined the out­come of the game. We have to look at our for­wards and ask them if they’re work­ing hard enough to cre­ate chances in front of goal.

“The play­ers know that and we ask them to give their all for the club – un­for­tu­nately some didn’t to­day.”

The only goal of the game came in the 74th minute through Weald­stone cap­tain Parker after the vis­i­tors failed to de­fend a set-piece.

Babb was hop­ing for a good run in the Trophy but noted the fin­ish­ing touch was lack­ing in a heated en­counter.

“The morale is good, just the fine line in per­for­mances need to im­prove,” he added.

“Ob­vi­ously we wanted a good cup run, and there was a rea­son­able op­por­tu­nity to get some­thing out of the game, but it wasn’t to be. We got beaten by a set-piece and I thought we had a few chances, but didn’t have that cut­ting-edge.”

After the game the away fans made their feel­ings clear to the play­ers, but United cap­tain Dean In­man re­spects their opin­ions.

“They pay the money, they watch the games,” he said.

“They are die-hard; home or away, rain or shine, they’ll be singing. Last year on a cold, wet Tues­day night in Dorch­ester they were still there.

“You can’t blame them, you just have to take it on the chin as a player be­cause we know we haven’t been good enough.”

Hayes & Yead­ing re­turn to Con­fer­ence South ac­tion this week­end with the visit of Chelms­ford City but will do so with­out top scorer Pat Cox, who left the club on Mon­day night.

Weald­stone play Bath, who will also be their op­po­nents in the sec­ond round of the FA Trophy fol­low­ing Mon­day’s draw.

Mean­while, Stones have boosted their for­ward op­tions by sign­ing 35-year-old striker Jefferson Louis from Con­fer­ence North side Low­est­oft Town.

Con­trib­uted/Photo by Chris Berry NL201411405

n SUPPORT: Ian Crane has been backed to turn round AFC Hayes’ sea­son; (right) Perry Dicker in ac­tion for North­wood against Bea­cons­field SYCOB

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