‘Per­fect end to a per­fect week’

Hayes & Yead­ing se­cure fu­ture and avoid rel­e­ga­tion

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

In­terim manager Tris­tan Lewis, who could be of­fered the job on a per­ma­nent ba­sis, over­saw a 2-0 win over Bath City to condemn Farn­bor­ough to rel­e­ga­tion with two games to go.

It was United who had that sink­ing feel­ing at the end of the pre­vi­ous cam­paign when they slipped through the trap­door be­fore be­ing re­trieved thanks to Here­ford’s even­tual ex­pul­sion.

The un­cer­tainty over which league the club would be play­ing in un­til the mid­dle of last June meant prepa­ra­tions un­der Phil Babb, who left the club in Fe­bru­ary, were be­hind sched­ule.

But with Hayes & Yead­ing’s fi­nan­cial fu­ture se­cured thanks to £300,000 of new fund­ing and their safety in the di­vi­sion now con­firmed, a blue­print can be drawn up for next term.

Chair­man Tony O’Driscoll said: “It was nice that we did it our­selves and didn’t rely on oth­ers. We’ve got two weeks now where we can chill out. We’ve got a few young lads like Jack Thom­son-Wheeler, who came on as a sub­sti­tute, who de­serve a chance for a few min­utes.

“The last cou­ple of man­agers we’ve had have come into the job very late and that presents cer­tain dif­fi­cul­ties. Teams who you want to or­gan­ise friendlies with are al­ready com­mit­ted to other games and play­ers are wait­ing on of­fers.

“We didn’t even know which di­vi­sion we’d be play­ing in be­fore this sea­son and that made it dif­fi­cult to at­tract play­ers.

“Play­ers want to play at the high­est level pos­si­ble this year and we couldn’t of­fer them that last sum­mer.

“We’ll talk about plans be­fore the end of the sea­son. Tris­tan, whether he re­mains as manager or not, will be in­volved in those dis­cus­sions. We need to talk about po­ten­tial tar­gets and iden­ti­fy­ing play­ers for next sea­son. We’ll prob­a­bly do that this week in fair­ness.

“We haven’t got to worry about rel­e­ga­tion now so we can en­joy the next cou­ple of weeks. It was the per­fect end to the per­fect week for the club with the news about the ground fund­ing as well. There’s a good feel­ing about the place.”

Hayes & Yead­ing United travel to Con­cord Rangers on Satur­day, be­fore host­ing St Al­bans City at York Road in their fi­nal fix­ture of the 2014-15 cam­paign on April 25.

Mean­while, fel­low Con­fer­ence South out­fit Weald­stone slumped to a 2-0 de­feat to old ri­vals White­hawk in their fi­nal home game of the sea­son.

They play Maiden­head Satur­day. AFC HAYES will stand by manager Paul Palmer de­spite be­ing rel­e­gated from the South­ern League Di­vi­sion One Cen­tral.

Jake Cass struck the only goal of the game to give the Brook a su­perb win over play-off hope­fuls Rugby, but they still slipped through the trap­door on Satur­day as Bea­cons­field drew with Ayles­bury.

Palmer took over from Ian Crane at the turn of the year and in­her­ited a team that were rock bot­tom of the league af­ter just two vic­to­ries all sea­son.

The dam­age had al­ready been done and Palmer was pow­er­less to pre­vent the club drop­ping out of the di­vi­sion.

He man­aged the feat with North Green­ford last sea­son and iron­i­cally it is a battle be­tween his new club and his for­mer one as to who fin­ishes bot­tom of the pile.

They go head to head on Satur­day and victory for Hayes will en­sure they end up 21st and gives them more hope of an even­tual re­prieve, should a club go bust higher up the pyra­mid.

Chair­man Barry Stone has been pleased with Palmer’s ef­forts since ap­point­ing him as boss and is will­ing to give his cho­sen one time to turn things around at Farm Park.

Stone said: “It hon­estly hasn’t even crossed my mind to start think­ing about chang­ing it. I’ve been im­pressed with what Paul has done and the ma­jor­ity of play­ers he’s brought in are de­cent peo­ple. They’ve got a spirit about them.

“He al­most had to have a pre-sea­son half­way through the sea­son and he didn’t know how all of the play­ers would re­act to the po­si­tion we were in and how things panned out. If Paul comes to me and says he wants to leave then I will re­spect his de­ci­sion, but I’m cer­tainly not go­ing to ask him to go.

“With the re­sources that we’ve got and the prob­lems we’ve had, I think he has done a de­cent job. As far I’m con­cerned, we ap­pointed him as manager and I’ll leave him to get on with it. There’s no point in jump­ing the gun.”

Else­where, in Di­vi­sion One Cen­tral, Lewis Cole’s goal was not enough for all three points in Uxbridge’s fi­nal home game of the sea­son as they were held by Daven­try at Hon­ey­croft. Niko Muir, Perry Dicker and Rob Hast­ings were all on tar­get in a 3-2 win for North­wood over Ayles­bury United.

In the Spar­tan South Mid­lands Pre­mier, base­ment boys Hilling­don Bor­ough lost 4-0 to Hert­ford Town, while Sel­dyn Grant’s strike sealed a 1-0 win for Hare­field United at St Mar­garets­bury.

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