Free-scor­ing United show ruth­less streak with a mag­nif­i­cent seven

Uxbridge Gazette - - Sport -

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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