ST CATHERINE WINS SCHOOL KNOCKOUT CUP
HAYES & YEADING United plan on getting the community behind them again, as they look to return to the National League next season.
Manager Paul Hughes reckons the club’s downward spiral from the third tier of the non-league game has caused a dispiriting atmosphere.
Despite moving back into new facilities there is still an air of despondency around the Yeadingbased club and Hughes’s prime concern is changing the mindset.
“I want to take the club back into the National League South, minimum,” said Hughes. “This is a longterm project and a massive job. We need to generate a feelgood factor again in the community.
“We need to have some positive energy among the players, fans and within the club.”
Hughes took Kings Langley up four divisions as manager before switching to United. Having done that with a village club though, it’s a much bigger task being successful with United, according to Hughes.
“Hayes’ fans have bigger expectations because they have fallen from the National League and want to get back,” said the United boss. “But there’s a lot of variables in a season.
“It’s not that simple at this level. But what this club has, for the first time in seven years, is a nucleus. We have 16 players who are all capable of getting in the first team. And they are all coming back next season.”
United have been moved from the Southern League East Division into the Isthmian League South Central Division that has been introduced at Step 4.
Hughes wants to revive the club and says that having players with experience at the higher level can count. “That’s important,” he added. “To have that experience and a little knowhow as to what’s required.
“We finished third this season so we are aiming for top two, but it’s not that easy. You always find a club who are either relegated or promoted who come in and are better funded. You have to go through a season trying to steer clear of injuries. But at least we are certain we have players of a standard who can play this level of football.
“We will add a player in each area to make us stronger.”
ST Catherine have won the Uxbridge and District Junior Schools Knock-out Cup, beating Highfield 1-0 in the final at Oak Farm. The victors defeated St Matthews, Laurel Lane, Cherry Lane and Oak Farm on their way to lifting the trophy for only the third time since it was first contested, in 1971.
St Catherine, who won with a first-half strike, finished league runners-up after suffering only one defeat all year.
The school would like to thank coach Adam Strange.