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BUOY­ANT Hayes & Yead­ing United con­tin­ued their win­ning streak against clubs from higher di­vi­sions at the week­end with vic­tory in the FA Tro­phy at Hitchin Town.

Hav­ing pre­vi­ously knocked AFC Rush­den & Di­a­monds out the FA Cup and Pot­ters Bar Town out of the Isth­mian League Velocity Tro­phy, a sin­gle goal from Lee Bar­ney was suf­fi­cient to steer United through to the sec­ond qual­i­fy­ing round.

Bar­ney’s 14th goal of the season – in just 16 ap­pear­ances – came in the 59th minute when he rose un­chal­lenged be­yond the far post and looped a header goal­wards that, in at­tempt­ing to push over, keeper Josh Mol­li­son could only help into the net.

Man­ager Paul Hughes was pleased with the vic­tory and his side’s seventh straight win in all com­pe­ti­tions.

“We al­ways knew it would be a close game, but we were well pre­pared and well or­gan­ised through­out,” he said. “They cer­tainly had their chances, but I think we more than shaded the best of the play and de­served the win.

“Bar­ney proved again what a goal ma­chine he is and could have per­haps have had an­other one or two on an­other day. This is a team United in more ways than one and the cel­e­bra­tions for the goal showed the great team spirit we have go­ing on here.

“We are creative and have goals in us from all areas of the pitch, but we are also far more solid as a de­fen­sive unit too.

“Some great blocks from Liam McDe­vitt and Pri­est­ley Far­quhar­son in the dy­ing min­utes not only kept the clean sheet but also showed the pas­sion that burns within this side to work hard for each other and the club.”

Hayes are not the fin­ished ar­ti­cle though and Hughes added: “We still have things to learn and im­prove on and we can’t be com­pla­cent, but we know we are build­ing a rep­u­ta­tion that puts a lit­tle bit of fear in other clubs be­fore we even turn up to play them.

“De­served or not, we need to stay fo­cused and work hard to main­tain that rep­u­ta­tion.”

United have been drawn to travel to ei­ther Ban­bury United or Swin­don Su­per­ma­rine in the FA Tro­phy sec­ond qual­i­fy­ing round, a match to be played on the week­end of Novem­ber 10/11.

On Satur­day Hayes are back in league ac­tion with a trip to Ware.


Ed Asafu-Ad­jaye, Lee Bar­ney, Scott Don­nelly, Toby Lit­tle and Liam McDe­vitt cel­e­brate Bar­ney’s goal

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