FI­NAN­CIAL STRIFE CON­TIN­UES

Club stay in busi­ness but still need to find £300k

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

HAYES & YEAD­ING United are set to fail in their bid to raise £300,000 by to­mor­row’s (Thurs­day’s) dead­line, but the club will re­main in busi­ness this week.

Chair­man Tony O’Driscoll told con­cerned sup­port­ers in Jan­uary that he needed to gen­er­ate the eye­wa­ter­ing fig­ure to stave off the threat of ex­tinc­tion.

The club’s fi­nances have been put un­der in­tense pres­sure by crip­pling ground-share fees at Maiden­head and mount­ing build­ing costs at their pro­posed fu­ture home in Bea­cons­field Road, Hayes.

Get­ting back to the bor­ough is vi­tal to the club’s plans, but work will not re­sume on the in­com­plete sta­dium – which must meet Na­tional Ground Grad­ing Cat­e­gory B stan­dard – un­til the full £300,000 is se­cured.

O’Driscoll last month set a cut-off point of Fe­bru­ary 12, the date of a sec­ond sched­uled fo­rum with fans, to get the funds in place, but that dead­line will come and go with­out a res­o­lu­tion to the saga.

Hayes & Yead­ing an­nounced over the week­end, in the wake of their third straight Con­fer­ence South de­feat as East­bourne won 1-0 at York Road, that the planned meet­ing was can­celled due to on­go­ing dis­cus­sions with ex­ter­nal par­ties.

United are hop­ing to find 10 in­vestors to pump £30,000 each into the club and en­able them to reach the £300,000 tar­get to get the sta­dium works com­pleted.

Hayes & Yead­ing in­sid­ers have told the Gazette that although the sum is still some way from be­ing met in full, sig­nif­i­cant progress has been made in re­cent weeks and the club is more than half­way there in their quest to reach the to­tal.

The aim is still to get the money in place as quickly as pos­si­ble, but the in­di­ca­tions are that limp­ing on un­til the end of the sea­son by jug­gling the fi­nances from week to week ap­pears a more re­al­is­tic prospect. How­ever, re­main­ing in the di­vi­sion is look­ing an in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult task as Phil Babb’s side con­tinue to strug­gle on the field and the spec­tre of rel­e­ga­tion is start­ing to loom large ahead of a trip to lead­ers Brom­ley this week­end.

Mean­while, fel­low Con­fer­ence South side Weald­stone saw their 11-match un­beaten run come to an end at home to We­ston-su­perMare on Satur­day as three goals in a dread­ful open­ing 20 min­utes saw them lose 3-1.

Stones can do Hayes & Yead­ing a favour this week­end by heap­ing more woe on bot­tom-of-the-ta­ble Staines Town when they head to Wheat­sheaf Lane.

n DIF­FI­CULT TASK:

Phil Babb needs re­sults to im­prove on the pitch if Hayes & Yead­ing’s fu­ture is to be rosy

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