Clough act to fol­low for Utd

Hay­lock adopts Brian’s ap­proach for vic­to­ries FOOT­BALL

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Matt Lewis matt.lewis@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

GARRY Hay­lock claimed his first vic­tory since re­turn­ing to Hayes & Yead­ing United as man­ager – and doesn’t care how he gets the next one.

It was a case of third time lucky for Hay­lock, who be­came United’s first man­ager fol­low­ing the merger be­tween the two clubs in 2007, who se­cured the three points at the week­end af­ter two goal­less draws.

His open­ing two games back at the helm were work­man­like shutouts of Gosport and Bishop’s Stort­ford but his side lacked a cut­ting edge that was fi­nally dis­cov­ered in a 3-0 vic­tory over Con­cord Rangers on Satur­day.

Hay­lock tin­kered with his for­ma­tion, em­ploy­ing Josh Scott up front on his own in a 4-5-1 for­ma­tion which yielded a brace for the man who banged in goals for fun dur­ing his man­ager’s first spell as boss.

Adam Everitt, an­other of the man­ager’s old guard, has been pushed into mid­field this term and it was his for­age into the box that pre­sented Scott with the task of slot­ting home a penalty for the opener.

Hayes & Yead­ing fans were re­lieved to see their side grab a sec­ond on the hour as Luke Wil­liams’ de­liv­ery was met by an un­marked El­liot Benyon at the far post.

And he turned provider six min­utes from time by float­ing in a won­der­ful left-footed cross for a lurk­ing Scott to set­tle any late nerves and put the re­sult be­yond doubt.

United

have

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good progress in the first few weeks since Tristan Lewis stepped down from the top job but are not look­ing to play a spe­cific style.

Hay­lock only wants one con­stant – a steady stream of points – and looks back to the great Brian Clough for in­spi­ra­tion when set­ting up his teams each week­end.

He said: “I be­lieve there’s only one style of foot­ball that mat­ters and that’s win­ning foot­ball.

“We don’t want to con­cede goals and we want to score plenty at the other end. One thing I’ve learnt is that as a man­ager you have to be prag­matic.

“When I started at Hayes & Yead­ing last time we couldn’t win a game for the first eight so I changed the style and we went on and won pro­mo­tion. I’d like to think we’ll play foot­ball that wins games.

“Nigel Clough said his dad only gave him one piece of ad­vice and that was that the fans won’t com­plain if you get them three points.”

United have al­ready equalled the same clean sheet tally of seven blanks as last sea­son de­spite the sea­son still be­ing in its in­fancy.

They’ll have to wait for the chance to make that eight as they take a break from ac­tion due to Eastbourne’s in­volve­ment in the FA Cup on Satur­day.

Mean­while, in the Evo-Stik South­ern League Divi­sion One Cen­tral, North­wood were left dis­ap­pointed as Michael Mur­ray’s in­jury-time con­so­la­tion couldn’t sal­vage any­thing from their 2-1 loss to Bed­ford.

Tony Choules’ Uxbridge were beaten 2-1 at Ayles­bury while AFC Hayes lost by the same score­line as their two near neigh­bours in their Com­bined Coun­ties Pre­mier loss to Bad­shot Lea.

n WIN­NING WAYS: Man of the match El­liot Benyon, and in­set, Brian Clough, whose foot­balling phi­los­o­phy is be­ing adopted by Garry Hay­lock, with son Nigel

Main pic­ture: Les Wil­liams. In­set: Sam Bag­nall

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