Palmer fights on at relegated side
PAUL Palmer has confirmed he will fight on as AFC Hayes manager despite relegation from the Southern League this season, writes James Keith.
The Brook are rock bottom of Division One Central and already know they are going down ahead of their final game, at home to Leighton Town on Saturday.
They were beaten by the division’s other relegated club at the weekend, going down 3-1 to North Greenford United, and will finish at the foot of the table if they don’t better the Berkley Field side’s result in three days’ time.
“The plan is, we have to deal with it,” Palmer said.
“The squad is up for the challenge, I am up for the challenge and we have to try and go for it next season. I mean if we go up, or stay in the same division, it is about keeping morale high around the club.”
North Greenford took the lead in the first minute through Anton Robinson before doubling their advantage just after the halfhour mark, through George Moore.
Eugene Asante grabbed a lifeline on the stroke of half time but Vianny Kokolou made sure of the result for United late on.
“We didn’t get started and didn’t turn up,” Palmer added.
“I mean top teams in this situation would give you a good game, but this wasn’t the same team that beat Rugby Town last week.
“Conditions weren’t great and they dealt with the pitch better than us and they got the three points in this derby.
“We’re going to give it our all and we’re not going to stop so we’ll carry on and we’ll go from there, because we want to end the season with a win.”
Elsewhere, Uxbridge lost 4-2 at Potters Bar Town on Saturday ahead of their final fixture with Beaconsfield SYCOB.
Northwood, who last night (Tuesday) were due to host Bedworth United, drew 0-0 with Aylesbury at the weekend. They sign off with a trip to Bedford Town.
In the Spartan South Midlands Premier, Anthony Hickey scored twice to seal a 2-0 win for Hillingdon Borough at the weekend while Tom Hunt’s double fired Harefield United to a 2-1 triumph over Hertford Town.