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GOALS from Lewis Toomey and Lee Bar­ney sent Hayes & Yead­ing United into the sec­ond qual­i­fy­ing round as they beat AFC Rush­den & Di­a­monds from the level above con­vinc­ingly.

A late penalty for the vis­i­tors will mean the record books show it tighter than it was, but it mat­tered lit­tle as Paul Hughes’ side made it through to a tie at home to Moneyfields.

Re­flect­ing post-match, the United man­ager said: “This was a great test for us be­cause they are a higher level team and it gives us a great marker as to where we are at.

“We felt we have started the sea­son well, but play­ing against a side like AFC Rush­den & Di­a­monds and get­ting a re­sult like that in the man­ner we did gives us a lot of con­fi­dence in the fact we are do­ing the right things and can com­pete and do well against teams at that level.

“I think we dealt with them well.

“Our shape was good through­out the game. Ed Asafu-Ad­jaye got man of the match and kept their winger very quiet. I think it was tes­ta­ment to our play­ers’ hard work and at­ti­tude that other than one chance in the first half, and the rather soft penalty at the end, they didn’t really cause us too many prob­lems.

“Even when Rush­den had their own strong spell, the lads stood strong to­gether, very solid, and that has taken a lot of hard work through pre-sea­son, ups and downs, ar­gu­ments and let­ting the lads know what we ex­pect from them and that is all part of build­ing a team and that is what I think we have here now – a team that wants to play and wants to win for this club.”

Com­ment­ing on the un­beaten start to the sea­son and the next round, Hughes added: “This game was a tough draw but we nav­i­gated it. We will be up against a good Moneyfields side be­cause of the stage of the com­pe­ti­tion, but we are ready for it.

“We wanted any­one at home be­cause I think at home we are very strong, very con­fi­dent and we have great fa­cil­i­ties although you take what you are given.

“You aim to win ev­ery game, but to be un­beaten so far is fan­tas­tic. We’ve now got to keep those stan­dards up ev­ery game and the test for th­ese play­ers is achiev­ing that con­sis­tency, be­cause that it is what great teams al­ways have.”

The Moneyfields tie will be on the week­end of Septem­ber 22/23. That means the sched­uled derby with Uxbridge will now be re­ar­ranged for a forth­com­ing mid­week spot.

United are back in league ac­tion, look­ing to ex­tend their un­beaten start to the sea­son on Satur­day with a trip to Waltham Abbey.


Lewis Toomey and Josh Cham­ber­lain cel­e­brate the first goal against Rush­den & Di­a­monds

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