ST CATHER­INE WINS SCHOOL KNOCK­OUT CUP

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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.

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