‘Perfect end to a perfect week’
Hayes & Yeading secure future and avoid relegation
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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