Hay­lock’s home front fears

Four games in a row at club’s tem­po­rary ground

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

GARRY Hay­lock ad­mits Hayes & Yead­ing United are find­ing lit­tle con­so­la­tion in the prospect of home com­forts this Christ­mas.

United are in the midst of a run of four straight matches sched­uled to be played at home and have al­ready lost half of those.

The lat­est set­back came on Satur­day at Maiden­head’s York Road, where the club are ful­fill­ing home fix­tures due to con­struc­tion work at Bea­cons­field Road, as Sut­ton ran away with the points.

They raced into a two-goal lead in the first pe­riod with deadly Dan Fitch­ett strik­ing twice in a mat­ter of min­utes to send them on their way.

De­vante McKain’s header got Hayes & Yead­ing back in it be­fore the in­ter­val, but Jamie Collins pounced to seal it for the visi­tors in the sec­ond pe­riod.

Maid­stone come to town on Satur­day be­fore a Box­ing Day visit from Weston-su­per-Mare makes it four in a row as the wait goes on for a re­turn to the bor­ough.

For most teams, the prospect of so many matches with­out an away day would be good news, but boss Hay­lock knows United are not most teams.

He said: “Know­ing Hayes & Yead­ing, as I do, this won’t ac­tu­ally help us.

“Home for us is dif­fer­ent to home for ev­ery­body else.

“It’s go­ing to be dif­fi­cult for me to go to the chair­man and ask for money for a player if he’s got to keep pay­ing Maiden­head for a run of match fees.

“I wouldn’t like to play away for those games nec­es­sar­ily, but I’d prob­a­bly like to have a mix.

“We’ve played at Truro away, East­bourne and most of the long ones.

“Bas­ingstoke away is nearer for me than a home game so it’s a funny sit­u­a­tion to be in.”

Hay­lock did have to knock on the chair­man’s door in the lead up to the Sut­ton game though as an in­jury to Lewis Fer­rell and the un­avail­abil­ity of Adam By­grave leav­ing him with a gap­ing hole in the de­fence.

A short-term loan deal was agreed with Ha­vant & Water­looville to see Em­manuel ‘Manny’ Mon­the re­turn to United to play along­side McKain for the Sut­ton game.

Else­where, Southern League Di­vi­sion One Cen­tral side North­wood played out a 1-1 draw at home to St Ives Town while Uxbridge were beaten 1-0 by AFC Rush­den & Di­a­monds.

AFC Hayes en­joyed a ter­rific 4-1 Com­bined Coun­ties Premier Di­vi­sion vic­tory over Chess­ing­ton & Hook United at Farm Park.

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