Free-scoring United show ruthless streak with a magnificent seven
DELIGHTED Paul Hughes hailed his Hayes & Yeading side’s “clinical” performance as they hammered Ashford Town 7-1 in the Isthmian League South Central.
It means Hughes’ men have scored 20 goals in their opening four home league matches.
A Scott Bridges hat-trick and goals from Toby Little, Duncan Culley, Josh Chamberlain and Scott Donnelly saw United to victory, sending out a clear message to their promotion rivals.
Manager Paul Hughes was obviously pleased with the result, but also the manner of victory.
“It was another very clinical performance from us and I’m glad the players are developing that ruthless instinct that all top teams have,” he said.
“In my opinion, a large part of football is about creating standards and having the strength of mind to maintain those standards.
“Our group have consistently worked hard in training since the season kicked off and I believe that attitude is paying off for us by giving us the mentality and fitness levels needed to be consistent at this level and beyond.”
Ashford made life difficult early on and the breakthrough came from a penalty.
“We had to fight for the right to play our football. That rugged and physical side to our game has impressed me over recent weeks and we had to display it again.
“I felt we were beginning to take charge of the match when we got the penalty decision that Bridges tucked away. We were beginning to put them under real pressure and you inevitably get decisions like that when you are the ones consistently asking the questions of the opposition.
“To score seven goals in a game is a fantastic achievement and firmly cements us as the division’s top scorers, which is great for our confidence.”
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