‘We’ll never give up bat­tle’

United boss switches up the in­ten­sity on the pitch FOOT­BALL

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

THE first rule of foot­ball is you must al­ways play to the whis­tle and Hayes & Yead­ing United will no be al­lowed to stop run­ning as long as Garry Hay­lock is in charge.

The 44-year-old man­ager is back at the helm for a sec­ond time af­ter re­turn­ing to the club in Oc­to­ber and has been putting his own stamp on the team.

Known for firm dis­ci­pline, Hay­lock has been in­sist­ing on his play­ers up­ping their ef­forts in train­ing and made work­ing on health and fit­ness one of his top pri­or­i­ties at Bea­cons­field Road.

Heads will not be al­lowed to drop un­til the ref­eree sig­nals the end of each fix­ture and that much was ev­i­dent at the week­end as El­liot Benyon struck in stop­page time against East­bourne in the FA Tro­phy.

That goal earned Hayes & Yead­ing an­other bite at the tro­phy last night (Tues­day) and was proof that Hay­lock’s never-say-die men­tal­ity will pay div­i­dends as the sea­son pro­gresses.

“I sup­pose any man­ager will come in and try and im­prove fit­ness,” he ex­plained.

“I think the fit­ness lev­els were just a lack of pre-sea­son or poor re­cov­ery from in­jury, I think that’s more the case.

“It’s some­thing you can al­ways work on, but I’ve al­ways tried to work specif­i­cally on foot­ball fit­ness rather than run­ning round the pitch and train­ing in that way.

“We are try­ing to im­prove the in­ten­sity to our game and that’s cru­cial.”

There were two new faces in the Hayes & Yead­ing squad at York Road on Satur­day as they scrapped for that draw with East­bourne.

For­mer Uxbridge goal­keeper Rourke Pick­ford is been drafted in as cover for first-choice stop­per Dan Lin­coln and re­mained an in­ter­ested spec­ta­tor on the bench.

How­ever, there was a de­but for young full-back Jake Sheppard in de­fence fol­low­ing his ar­rival from Cham­pi­onship side Read­ing on loan.

He joins 19-year-old striker Matt Jay in making a short-term switch to United as he agreed to drop down to non-league level from Ex­eter City.

Jay made his sec­ond ap­pear­ance in the red shirt against Boro but could not repli­cate the goalscor­ing start he made to his Hayes & Yead­ing ca­reer against Truro City.

Mean­while, in the Southern League Di­vi­sion One Cen­tral, North­wood com­pleted a dou­ble over Ar­lesey Town on Satur­day as they tri­umphed 1-0 in Bed­ford­shire.

The Woods smashed Town 5-0 on the open­ing day of the sea­son and Michael Mur­ray’s stun­ning free-kick gave them an­other three points on Satur­day.

Mark Den­ni­son gave Uxbridge the lead against pro­mo­tion con­tenders Roys­ton, but they could not hold onto the ad­van­tage in the sec­ond pe­riod and were forced to set­tle for a draw.

AFC Hayes also grabbed a 1-1 draw in their Com­bined Coun­ties Premier clash with Farn­ham, Bradley Hand on tar­get for the Brook.

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