Palmer fights on at rel­e­gated side


Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

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