‘EV­ERY­ONE FEARS OUR GOAL RECORD’

UNITED BOSS’S WARN­ING TO PLAY-OFF RI­VALS

Uxbridge Gazette - - Front Page - by VIJIEVAN JEEVATHAYALAN

HAYES & Yead­ing boss Paul Hughes fired a warn­ing to the club’s play-off ri­vals after see­ing his side de­liver an­other at­tack­ing master­class to fin­ish third in the Evo-Stik League South East.

Hav­ing put five past Bar­ton Rovers at the SkyEx Com­mu­nity Sta­dium, Hughes roared: ‘’Ev­ery­one fears our goalscor­ing record. We’ve scored the most goals in the league and that speaks vol­umes of our at­tack­ing play.

‘’I think any­one that comes up against that has some­thing to be con­cerned about.’’

After run­ning riot with six goals in their last home fix­ture against Egham Town, United con­tin­ued their rich vein of goalscor­ing form when they took the lead mid-way through the first half, thanks to a fan­tas­tic strike from Laste Dom­baxe.

The for­mer Tot­ten­ham academy player stepped onto a lay off on the edge of the area be­fore whip­ping it into the far cor­ner of the net.

United dou­bled their lead min­utes be­fore half-time when Dun­can Cul­ley fired home his 21st goal of the sea­son. Spy­ros Men­tis then scored a de­light­ful goal early in the sec­ond half when he lobbed Rovers keeper Matt Fin­lay after be­ing played through on goal.

Men­tis added an­other to his rare col­lec­tion of goals when he ar­rived un­marked to head home from a cor­ner, be­fore top scorer Manny Duku scored late on to put the ic­ing on the cake and en­sured the side go into the play-offs full of con­fi­dence.

Hughes re­served spe­cial praise for one of the game’s stand­out per­form­ers in left­back Toby Lit­tle who picked up two as­sists and was a con­stant threat with his pin-point cross­ing.

He said: ‘’Toby’s been like that all sea­son. Ab­so­lutely first-class. The de­liv­ery was spot-on ev­ery sin­gle time. That’s how good he’s been.’’

While pleased with his side’s im­pres­sive vic­tory, Hughes re­mained lev­el­headed and warned them about the dan­gers of sloppy play in the play-offs, adding: ‘’There’s lit­tle bits of the game we weren’t happy with. There were pe­ri­ods we didn’t move it quick enough and were caught on it.

‘’You move into the play­off lev­els and do that, we’ll get pun­ished, so that’s some­thing we need to work on.’’

Fol­low­ing the re­sults, it was con­firmed the club will play Cam­bridge City in the league’s East divi­sion play­off semi-fi­nals, with the tie to be played on Wed­nes­day May 2.

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