OUR VOLDE­MORT: United will face up to rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle

United boss likens sit­u­a­tion to Harry Pot­ter neme­sis Volde­mort

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by Matt Lewis matt.lewis@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

FEAR­LESS Garry Hay­lock does not want the threat of rel­e­ga­tion to have a hold on Hayes & Yead­ing United in the same way that Lord Volde­mort haunts the wizard­ing world of Harry Pot­ter.

It is crunch time for Hay­lock’s side in their bat­tle to beat the Con­fer­ence South drop as they pre­pare for the fi­nal two fix­tures of the sea­son, with Bath City on Satur­day and then a fi­nal-day trip to Gosport a week later.

Bas­ingstoke Town have al­ready bit­ten the dust, but Hayes & Yead­ing re­main an­chored in the bot­tom three head­ing into this week­end’s game as they scrap with the likes of Mar­gate, Ha­vant & Water­looville and St Al­bans to try and es­cape.

United are not mak­ing life easy for them­selves and in­ex­pli­ca­bly failed to take three points from Con­cord Rangers on Satur­day, de­spite El­liott Benyon’s last-gasp penalty putting them in front as the vis­i­tors grabbed a draw in the fifth minute of stop­page time.

Rel­e­ga­tion is a very real threat and would frighten most man­agers, but not Hay­lock, who does not want the sit­u­a­tion to be­come like the Pot­ter se­ries as just speak­ing the name of evil Volde­mort is enough to ter­rify the char­ac­ters of JK Rowl­ing’s nov­els.

Hay­lock said: “I’m in the ex­act job I want to be in at ex­actly the right time in ex­actly the right place. I have never had a prob­lem talk­ing about rel­e­ga­tion. I liken it to the Harry Pot­ter books and he who must not be named (Volde­mort). Pot­ter was al­ways say­ing ‘Well, why can’t we talk about it?’ It’s find­ing a bal­ance be­tween not talk­ing about avoid­ing rel­e­ga­tion con­stantly and not be­ing afraid to con­front it.

“It’s not easy though, and if I had all the an­swers I wouldn’t be here, I’d be at a Premier League club. It’s about try­ing to re­mind the play­ers firstly of their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, and then their ca­pa­bil­i­ties. This team has got enough abil­ity to beat any­one in the league.

“We’ve beaten Maid­stone, beaten Gosport and taken points off all the top teams so there should be no fear. It could go down to the last game but we’ll try and win our next game, and then the next one.

“The big thing for me is not whether the play­ers have the abil­ity or whether the tac­tics are right. We could play three at the back or five at the back, but for me it is about the play­ers’ mind­set and men­tal­ity.”

n EVIL SIT­U­A­TION: Lord Volde­mort from the Harry Pot­ter se­ries, ‘who must not be named’; (be­low left) boss Garry Hay­lock says his side should con­front their fears; (be­low right) El­liott Benyon, who scored a late penalty

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