United’s six-goal de­mo­li­tion ‘what we needed’

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

WITH a bye in the ex­tra pre­lim­i­nary round of the FA Tro­phy, Hayes & Yead­ing United were with­out a match over the week­end but were on a high af­ter an im­pres­sive 6-0 home win on Tues­day night over lo­cal ri­vals North­wood.

Paul Hughes ex­plained how pleas­ing it was to notch such a win: “The re­sult against North­wood was ex­actly what we needed af­ter draw­ing blanks in our pre­vi­ous two out­ings.

“We wanted a re­sponse from our FA Cup exit and that’s ex­actly what we got. Be­ing the League’s top goalscor­ers is a fan­tas­tic record to have and one that cer­tainly in­duces con­fi­dence in the group.

“As a man­ager, you learn a lot about your play­ers when you hit bumps in the road.

“It was pleas­ing for me to have that win­ning men­tal­ity in the dress­ing room con­firmed, as it was a dif­fer­ent type of vic­tory for us. We had to fight and work phys­i­cally hard to es­tab­lish our con­trol in the first half.

“These at­tributes were ex­actly what we wanted to wit­ness. Credit goes to North­wood for com­ing to our place high in con­fi­dence and look­ing to turn us over.

“I felt they were a very en­er­getic and hard-work­ing team and this forced us to show our ag­gres­sive edge. It was ex­actly the test we needed.

“We asked the play­ers to con­cen­trate on the ba­sics and our mid­field did par­tic­u­larly well in ap­ply­ing that work ethic and it was a re­minder for the play­ers that this is the way we want to set about all our games from now un­til the end of the sea­son. If we do this, we will be a very tough nut to crack.”

This Satur­day, United are back at the SkyEx Com­mu­nity Sta­dium with more lo­cal vis­i­tors in the form of Ash­ford Town in the Isth­mian South Cen­tral Divi­sion.

On Tues­day Oc­to­ber 9, United en­ter­tain Premier Divi­sion Pot­ters Bar Town in the Ve­loc­ity Tro­phy at the SkyEx Com­mu­nity Sta­dium.

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