‘We’re not afraid of rel­e­ga­tion’

Boss says United have the strength to stay up

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

Hay­lock was hired by the club in Oc­to­ber last year when they found them­selves in a rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle un­der di­rec­tor of foot­ball Tris­tan Lewis.

He brought de­fen­sive sta­bil­ity and re­sults im­proved ac­cord­ingly, but a dis­rupted fix­ture list over Christ­mas led to some poor per­for­mances against Sut­ton and Bas­ingstoke.

As a re­sult, United find them­selves in a per­ilous po­si­tion, just one place and one point above the divi­sion’s drop zone af­ter a soli­tary win in their last six matches.

They played only their se­cond game of 2016 on Satur­day due to the re­cent poor weather but the trend con­tin­ued as Mar­gate ran out 2-0 win­ners at York Road.

How­ever, the club has gone through a few changes in the past month and ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers like Dar­ren Purse have been brought in by Hay­lock.

Two loa­nees have also been re­cruited from Bar­net this week – mid­fielder Char­lie Kennedy and striker Nwogu – who went into the squad to face the Gate.

De­spite be­ing so close to the bot­tom three, Hay­lock is re­main­ing pos­i­tive of sur­vival this sea­son.

He said: “I am not par­tic­u­larly wor­ried be­cause I per­son­ally think we are strong enough and good enough to get our­selves away from this po­si­tion.

“If I didn’t think we were strong enough then I would be ex­tremely wor­ried, fran­ti­cally try­ing to sign play­ers, but what we need to do now is or­gan­ise a team that can de­liver.

“Ev­ery game is cru­cial now. The tar­get is al­ways to win half and draw the rest.

“It’s very tight and d any­one that goes on a run now will have no o is­sues.”

This is Hay­lock’s s se­cond spell in charge e of Hayes and Yead­ing, , hav­ing left in 2011 too join Farn­bor­ough.

His first spell at the club was largely suc­cess­ful as he over­saw pro­mo­tion to the non­league top flight via the play-offs, spend­ing two years in the Con­fer­ence Premier.

But it was not all plain sail­ing and the United boss ad­mits that his pre­vi­ous skir­mishes with rel­e­ga­tion help him to re­lax in such stress­ful sit­u­a­tions.

He said: “I re­mem­ber the first year I was here when we looked like we were go­ing down and I was pan­ick­ing for months prior to that.

“But you soon get used to it. We didn’t get safe un­til the last week of the sea­son then, so I am very calm about it now.”

n REL­E­GA­TION BAT­TLE: Boss Garry Hay­lock and (in­set) new sign­ing Char­lie Kennedy

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