‘Palmer will get time to re­build’

For­mer Green­ford boss re­places re­signed Crane FOOT­BALL

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

AFC Hayes chair­man Barry Stone hopes new man­ager Paul Palmer’s fresh ap­proach can lift the club off the foot of the ta­ble after Ian Crane’s de­par­ture this week.

Crane left his po­si­tion as Brook boss fol­low­ing Satur­day’s 2-0 derby de­feat against Uxbridge after nearly three months with­out a vic­tory.

Hayes sit bot­tom of the South­ern League Di­vi­sion One Cen­tral and two points off near­est-placed North Green­ford United

Palmer, who was sacked by United in Septem­ber, will take charge of his first game when the Brook travel to Egham to­mor­row (Thurs­day) be­fore host­ing Roys­ton on Satur­day.

“Paul has got ex­pe­rien and he was very en­thu­si­as­tic,” Stone said. “He knows some of the play­ers and he was con­tact­ing them about get­ting them to­gether be­fore Thurs­day’s game at Egham. We need to give him time to have a look at the squad.

“He’s spo­ken about bring­ing a cou­ple of play­ers with him and I spoke to a few of ours on Satur­day and they seem to want to stay. At North Green­ford, he helped to save them from rel­e­ga­tion last sea­son and he’s got a fresh­ness about him that I reckon we prob­a­bly needed.

“We’ve told him he’s not un­der any pres­sure. There’s no point me dic­tat­ing to him, that’s crazy, he’s got to come in and do his own thing. Like we’ve al­ways done, we’ll give peo­ple the time to do the job, and he’s happy with that.”

Stone ac­cepted Crane’s res­ig­na­tion with a heavy heart on Satur­day evening and has thanked the de­part­ing man­ager for his hard work and ded­i­ca­tion.

“I think after Satur­day’s game Ian felt he had reached the end,” Stone said. “We ac­tu­ally played well and worked hard against Uxbridge but our old prob­lem of not be­ing able to put the ball in the back of the net resur­faced and we gave them two goals.

“Ian felt he had reached the stage where per­haps he couldn’t mo­ti­vate the play­ers or him­self. He told me how he was feel­ing after the game and I agreed we needed hange – there’s no aran­tee it will work, ut we needed to do it.

“Ian has done an xcel­lent job for twond-a-half sea­sons. The re­sources we have re not great but he has pt us in the South­ern gue for the past two ns and he was hop­ing to push on and I know he has been bit­terly dis­ap­pointed since. I’m sad to see him go.”

Chris Moore and Matty Woods got the goals for the Reds on Satur­day, with Tony Choules’ side set to wel­come first Go­dalm­ing to­mor­row and then Ayles­bury at the week­end.

North­wood, who en­joyed a fine 3-1 vic­tory at Pot­ters Bar Town on Satur­day, host North Green­ford to­mor­row be­fore play­ing Bar­ton Rovers on Satur­day.

In the Spar­tan South Mid­lands Premier Di­vi­sion, Hare­field United grabbed the brag­ging rights over Hilling­don Bor­ough with a 5-2 derby vic­tory on Satur­day.

Hilling­don host St Mar­garets­bury this week­end while the Hares en­ter­tain Ox­hey Jets. NATHAN Elder does not know if to­mor­row’s (Thurs­day’s) match with Maiden­head will be his last in a Hayes & Yead­ing shirt.

The striker (pic­tured) is on a short-term loan deal from Con­fer­ence Premier out­fit Dover Ath­letic, but is due to re­turn to Kent shortly.

He scored his first goal in his sec­ond spell at the club in Sun­day’s 2-1 de­feat by We­ston­super-Mare to make it just one win in eight league games.

It could be his fi­nal goal for Phil Babb’s side though as he ad­mits he re­mains in the dark about where he will be ply­ing his trade for the rest of the sea­son.

Elder said: “It was orig­i­nally for a month and the next game could be my last one. I know with the way things are, the gaffer wants changes as soon as pos­si­ble.

“He hates that the club is in the sit­u­a­tion that it’s in and he wants to do some­thing about it. He re­ally hates los­ing and wants to change it. He’s not the kind of man­ager that will just sit there and do noth­ing.

“I re­ally don’t know what’s hap­pen­ing, I’m just go­ing game by game. I need to have a lit­tle chat and see what’s go­ing on. The boys at Dover are do­ing re­ally well at the mo­ment and I know what foot­ball’s about, so if I went back I wouldn’t be play­ing. We’ll just take things one game at a time.

“We’re strug­gling a bit. It’s nice to get off the mark but of course I’d rather have had us win the game of course. We’ve got matches com­ing thick and fast at the mo­ment and that’s great for us. The worst thing is if games were be­ing called off be­cause you lose a game you have to wait weeks to put it right.”

To­mor­row’s clash with land­lords Maiden­head of­fers United an early chance for re­venge fol­low­ing the 2-0 Box­ing Day re­verse to the same op­po­si­tion.

Elder added: “We were on top of the Maiden­head game for such a long time. If we’d have just scored a goal we’d have gone on and won it. We need to con­vert our dom­i­nance to goals – if you don’t then you get pun­ished. It’s good that we’ve got the chance to play them again so soon. We’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to it.”

Hayes & Yead­ing, who this week added for­mer Bore­ham Wood striker David Moli to the ranks, follow the Maiden­head game with a trip to Ha­vant & Water­looville on Sun­day.

In the same di­vi­sion, Richard Jolly scored his first goal since re­turn­ing to Weald­stone as they made it nine games un­beaten with a 1-1 draw at high-fly­ing Brom­ley on Sun­day.

Gor­don Bartlett’s side head to Sut­ton to­mor­row be­fore en­ter­tain­ing Hemel Hemp­stead Town on Sun­day.

n IN AND OUT: (Above) Paul Palmer has taken over from Ian Crane (in­set), who left his post as AFC Hayes boss this week

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