Haylock’s home front fears
Four games in a row at club’s temporary ground
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.