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HAYES & Yead­ing United kick off their pre-sea­son cam­paign on Sat­ur­day with a Queens Park Rangers XI vis­it­ing the SkyEx Com­mu­nity Sta­dium in a 12.30pm kick-off – with a new sign­ing on board.

The match comes early on in the United pre-sea­son with play­ers and coach­ing staff only back last week for their first train­ing ses­sions, but man­ager Paul Hughes was pleased with the ini­tial ses­sions.

The squad will be bol­stered for the club’s forth­com­ing Isth­mian League South Cen­tral cam­paign by the ar­rival of striker Lewis Toomey, who has joined from South­ern Pre­mier side Che­sham United, where he spent last sea­son net­ting 18 times, af­ter a sea­son at Kings Lan­g­ley. He has also fea­tured for Hemel Hemp­stead Town, Chal­font St Peter, Hitchin Town, St Al­bans City and Bore­ham Wood.

“It was hard in the heat but the ma­jor­ity of play­ers have kept them­selves fit dur­ing the close sea­son and it was great to be able to lit­er­ally hit the ground run­ning,” said Hughes.

Speak­ing about the visit of Cham­pi­onship club QPR, Hughes added: “We think they are likely to send a pretty strong side down to play us.

“For the club that’s bril­liant, for a man­ager so early in pre-sea­son it’s per­haps a con­cern, but it’s a great op­por­tu­nity for our play­ers to test them­selves against full-time pro­fes­sion­als.

“Pre-sea­son games are all about team-build­ing and play­ers get­ting to know each other, so I never go much on re­sults un­til the sea­son starts.”

The match against Queens Park Rangers has been given an ear­lier kick-off time to al­low fans of both sides to watch the World Cup quar­ter-fi­nal which will be shown in the bar form 3pm.

Ad­mis­sion prices for this match will be adults £6, con­ces­sions £4, un­der-16s £2.

On the re­main­der of pre-sea­son fix­tures for United, Hughes said: “We’ve got a good bal­ance of games com­ing up, which will give us a chance to try a few things out ahead of the new sea­son and we’re de­lighted to be able to welcome among them this year’s FA Vase win­ners Thatcham Town on Au­gust 4.”

Lewis Toomey scor­ing for Che­sham United

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