Everitt: We’ll be tough to beat

Boss Hay­lock tipped to get Hayes & Yead­ing back on the right track

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Jake Evans jake.evans@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

Hay­lock be­came the club’s first boss fol­low­ing the merger be­tween the two clubs in 2007 and is back at the helm af­ter re­plac­ing Tris­tan Lewis.

He over­saw pro­mo­tion to the non-league top flight via the play-offs in 2009 and spent two years in the Con­fer­ence Premier with the club be­fore de­part­ing in May 2011.

Things grad­u­ally went down­hill fol­low­ing his exit as Nas Bashir’s boys slipped through the the Con­fer­ence Premier trap­door and they were rel­e­gated again un­der Phil Babb.

They were given a re­prieve from the sec­ond rel­e­ga­tion due to Here­ford’s demise but again strug­gled to stay up last sea­son as the for­mer Liver­pool star failed to see out the cam­paign in charge.

Lewis, who had stepped into the breach, was re­warded for keep­ing them in Con­fer­ence South by chair­man Tony O’Driscoll as he was handed the reins full-time for 2015-16.

But when the op­por­tu­nity arose to bring back Hay­lock it was too good to refuse and the for­mer Ex­eter City first-team coach has been backed to sort things out by a man who knows him well.

United’s 33-year-old full-back Everitt is fa­mil­iar with Hay­lock’s man­age­rial meth­ods hav­ing worked un­der him at Yead­ing in 2007 be­fore the merger of the two clubs.

And he is con­fi­dent Hay­lock’s back to ba­sics ap­proach will help turn their for­tunes around.

He said: “Garry brings bril­liant or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“I re­mem­ber when he took over the first time when I was at Yead­ing and we went un­beaten for our first 11 games or so be­cause we had real struc­ture and or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“He makes us hard to beat first and fore­most, then we can be more ex­pan­sive af­ter that but we must build on a solid base to be­gin with.”

This was ev­i­dent in Hay­lock’s first match back in charge as Hayes and Yead­ing kept a clean sheet to se­cure a home draw with Gosport Bor­ough.

He added: “Our de­fen­sive dis­play against Gosport was re­ally good be­cause of the dis­ci­pline more than any­thing.

“We were told the shape to play, we kept it well and also kept our con­cen­tra­tion for 90 min­utes.”

Everitt holds the ti­tle as the first player to score for Hayes FC, Yead­ing FC and Hayes & Yead­ing United.

United pro­duced another fine de­fen­sive dis­play at the week­end as they kept out Bishop’s Stort­ford in a goal­less draw.

He will be hop­ing to score his first goal of the cur­rent cam­paign as United jet off to Concord Rangers this Satur­day. HILLING­DON AB­BOTS made it four wins out of four as their ter­rific start to the new Herts/Mid­dle­sex One cam­paign con­tin­ued at Bank of Eng­land.

The Ab­bots climbed to the top of the ta­ble with a thrilling 39-32 vic­tory over a BoE side who showed more qual­ity than their league po­si­tion would have you be­lieve.

El­liott Wake kicked Hilling­don into an early lead be­fore debu­tant Ash­ton Obikpo burst through the Bank de­fence to score the first try of the game, although the hosts soon added one of their own.

Af­ter a lengthy stop­page for a nasty dis­lo­cated fin­ger for Si­mon Cold­well, play re­sumed with an im­me­di­ate try down the wing as Brad Buck­ing­ham got in on the act.

This sparked Ab­bots’ best spell of the game. Adam Wen­ham and Neil Gordge both crossed the line, with Wake adding the con­ver­sions and another penalty to put them firmly in the driv­ing seat.

Bank nar­rowed the gap slightly but when Kyle Buck­ing­ham scram­bled across the try­line it ap­peared the points were se­cure.

Two late tries and a penalty for BoE threat­ened to see the spoils shared, but Hilling­don held on and now earn a well-de­served week off be­fore fac­ing sec­ond­placed Lon­don Welsh Am­a­teurs at home.

n DE­FEN­SIVE DIS­CI­PLINE:

Adam Everitt says Garry Hay­lock will make Hayes &

Yead­ing tough to beat

n SCORER: Hilling­don Ab­bots’ Kyle Buck­ing­ham in ac­tion

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