United back on the road again

Sta­dium de­layed over health and safety is­sues

Harefield Gazette - - MOTORS - by Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

HAYES & Yead­ing fear they could be stuck play­ing home games on the road again un­til at least Novem­ber.

The club made their lon­gawaited re­turn to a re­vamped War­ren, re-named the Skyex Com­mu­nity Sta­dium, at the start of the sea­son, but were last week told by Hilling­don Coun­cil that they can­not play games there un­til some health and safety is­sues are ad­dressed.

Satur­day’s 6-1 thump­ing by Merthyr Town was played at Hen­don FC, while last night’s (Tues­day’s) game against Che­sham was due to be played at Bea­cons­field SYCOB, and AFC Hayes will be the venue for this Satur­day’s FA Cup sec­ond qual­i­fy­ing round clash with Wor­thing.

Chair­man Tony O’Driscoll said: “We will need to play a few more home games at lo­cal grounds. There may be more at Bea­cons­field SYCOB and another at Hen­don.

“We have been told a safety cer­tifi­cate can take up to 40 days to come through once ev­ery­thing has been sub­mit­ted – and there are eight pages of things they want done.

“It was a blow and very frus­trat­ing as it was a relief to fi­nally be play­ing at home again, but the help we have re­ceived from other lo­cal clubs has been a god­send. We just want it done as quickly as pos­si­ble now. There will still be build­ing work to be done, but once the safety as­pects are sorted, we can con­tinue them while play­ing back at home.”

While the club have a po­ten­tial FA Cup run to look for­ward to, they have slipped to third­bot­tom in the South­ern Premier with just one win in eight games – but O’Driscoll in­sists man­ager Mickey Lewis’s job is not un­der threat.

He added: “It’s still early days and we’re not putting Mickey un­der any pres­sure. There has been a lot of change and the play­ers we’ve had haven’t been good enough, but we will keep chang­ing it un­til we get the right team.”

Ka­mal Guthmy, Dave Olufemi and Keir Dickson were all this week re­leased, while striker Is­mael Ehui has re­turned to for­mer club North­wood.

Ehui did not re­turn in time for North­wood’s 3-1 South­ern One Cen­tral de­feat at AFC Dun­sta­ble, in which Ryan De­bat­tista net­ted, but Kevin Warner earned Uxbridge a 1-1 draw at Mar­low.

AFC Hayes were knocked out of the FA Vase 4-2 on penal­ties by Craw­ley Green fol­low­ing a 2-2 draw, but Hilling­don Bor­ough pro­gressed 3-1 at Long Buckby, and Hare­field United lost 1-0 at Che­sham United Re­serves in Spar­tan South Mid­lands Divi­sion One.

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