Chair­man hopes win will kick-start re­vival

Uxbridge Gazette - - SPORT -

BARRY Stone hopes Satur­day’s 4-1 win over Guild­ford City will give AFC Hayes’ young­sters the con­fi­dence they need to pull away from the Com­bined Coun­ties Premier drop zone, writes Tim Street.

The Brook have found life dif­fi­cult since drop­ping out of the South­ern League, with a 16th-place fin­ish in the Com­bined Coun­ties Premier last term fol­lowed by an­other cam­paign spent at the sharp end of the ta­ble.

And while goals from Austin Schofield, Daniel McDon­nell, Rhys Rabess and Nathaniel Men­sah only moved them up one place to 19th, there have been signs im­prove­memts in re­cent weeks.

Al­though the stats will show it was their first win in 10 games, be­fore last week’s de­feat to Wal­ton & Her­sham, the Brook had drawn three in a row and only lost 3-2 to lead­ers Hart­ley Wint­ney.

Chair­man Stone said: “It’s not dif­fcult to see we’re hav­ing a tough sea­son, but we’re a young side with six or seven play­ers aged un­der 21, and while some of them are good of play­ers, they are com­ing into the real world af­ter play­ing un­der-18s and acad­emy foot­ball.

“You don’t quite get that con­sis­tency, and you never know what you’re go­ing to get. But they’re get­ting bet­ter with each game and learn­ing what this level’s all about, and on Satur­day they all worked for each other.

“If they can’t see af­ter Satur­day that a work ethic and play­ing for the team, rather than try­ing to do it all your­self, gets re­sults, then I don’t see what more we can do. But it’s a con­fi­dence thing with young play­ers, and hope­fully this will give them plenty.”

In South­ern One Cen­tral, goals from Ryan De­bat­tista and Chan­ning Camp­bell-Young gave North­wood a 2-0 win over Bar­ton Rovers, while a Jon-Jo Bates strike earned Uxbridge a 1-1 draw against Ayles­bury United.

In Spar­tan South Mid­lands One, Hare­field United lost 1-0 at lead­ers Harpen­den Town, but Hilling­don Bor­ough smashed Brims­down 7-0 thanks to a Tashan Jor­dan brace and fur­ther goals from An­drew Bur­ton, An­drew Hare­wood, Prince Mben­gui, Dy­lan Ryan and Tom Wil­liams.

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