United back on the road again
Stadium delayed over health and safety issues
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.