United break­ing new ground

Hayes & Yead­ing hop­ing to play new sea­son at home

Hayes & Harlington Gazette - - SPORT - By Matt Lewis matt.lewis@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

HAYES & Yead­ing United will this week dis­cover whether they are per­mit­ted to be­gin the sea­son back home at their Bea­cons­field Road Sta­dium.

United have been with­out their own base af­ter sell­ing their Church Road ground to Bar­ratt Homes in 2011 and have since shared use of Wok­ing and Maiden­head’s stadiums.

Crip­pling fees of around £1,200 a game to play in Berk­shire put the club at break­ing point and Hayes & Yead­ing were forced to seek a £300,000 ex­ter­nal in­vest­ment.

That fund­ing was se­cured in Jan­uary of this year and build­ing work on the site of their new home has pro­gressed at a pace in re­cent times.

Flood­lights were switched on for the first time at the ground this month while en­trance gates and turn­stiles have been in­stalled over the past few weeks.

Chair­man Tony O’Driscoll as­sured sup­port­ers that the club was ex­pect­ing to re­turn to the bor­ough for the start of the South­ern League cam­paign and now D-day is loom­ing.

A club state­ment read: “As any­one who has vis­ited the ground over the past weeks will con­firm, work is con­tin­u­ing at a good pace, as the sum­mer time flies by and the sea­son ap­proaches.

“The ex­te­rior fenc­ing is near­ing com­ple­tion now and the pitch ad­ver­tis­ing boards are now ar­riv­ing at the ground to be placed in front of the main stand.

“Over the next week we have meet­ings ar­ranged with the safety author­i­ties and the South­ern Football League, and it is at th­ese meet­ings that con­fir­ma­tion as to where we can start the sea­son off and the fi­nal de­tails for the pre-sea­son game on Friday evening against Hen­don.”

Hayes & Yead­ing do al­ready have a con­tin­gency plan in place if the author­i­ties deem Bea­cons­field Road un­suit­able for the big kick-off.

An agree­ment to con­tinue us­ing Maiden­head’s York Road has been drawn up in the event it is needed as an­other tem­po­rary mea­sure. cham­pion Morgan Lake, 19, at Brunel. Lin­ford Christie will be help­ing sprint­ers Mar­garet Adeoye, James Elling­ton and Nigel Levine pre­pare for Rio, just one of the hand­ful of big names train­ing and work­ing in sport at the univer­sity.

Six-time Olympic cham­pion Usain Bolt used the same grounds to shape up for Lon­don 2012 and is tar­get­ing three more gold medals at Rio.

Mean­while, Jim Fen­lon has re­joined United af­ter a spell away while for­mer Read­ing star James Harper has agreed to play on for an­other year af­ter he ended the sea­son at the club.

Pow­er­ful striker Melford Simpson has been added to the ranks while academy star­lets Lu­cas Sinclair, Ethan Grant and Jack Raines have signed first-team forms.

Left-back Ka­mal Guthmy has earned a deal af­ter im­press­ing on trial and Adam Everitt will re­main as cap­tain next sea­son af­ter sign­ing on for an­other cam­paign.

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