A determined ‘Boro make the short journey to Kingfield this Saturday, as they visit Hayes & Yeading United, looking to put an end to a 7 match winless run. (Skrill South League Fixture – Kick off 3pm)
‘Boro sit just above the relegation places, level on 24 points with Boreham Wood, Chelmsford City and Whitehawk, with only goal difference separating the sides.
A much needed win for misfiring ‘Boro could see them rise one place, as high as 15th, in a very tight bottom half of the table.
Centre back’s Adam Doyle and Alan Inns return to Kingfield, two seasons after they won the Conference South together with Woking in the 2012/13 season. Midfielder Steve Laidler returns from suspension after sitting out with a two match ban. Goalkeeper Kevin Scriven remains a doubt for Boro through Injury and is expected to take his place among the substitutes bench.
Ahead of the game, Boro boss Spencer Day spoke to BBC Surrey:
“We need a little bit of luck, obviously we have Laidler back which is a massive plus to the side, you saw what difference it made last time out when we got (Adam) Doyle back. A side in our status at the moment; we can’t afford to have key, big Conference South players missing.
“Hayes are a difficult one as well, we just need that little bit of luck, we’re sick of saying we’ve done okay, we’ve done reasonably well, we’ve not had luck that’s been the last two games. Again, I thought there was a big improvement on Tuesday, I’ve just said to them after that game, that if we work as hard as we did on Tuesday night in terrible conditions, we’ll be alright.
“This is a massive game at Hayes and we know we need that luck – it comes off the back of someone’s head or own goals or anything, we’ve just got to keep working as hard as we’ve done and we’ll be alright because we have strengthened a lot in numbers in the last couple of weeks. You saw the difference it certainly made out against Ebbsfleet on Tuesday and all credit to the dressing room because the ones who have come back, have come back for almost nothing. So, as I said, we can take the positives from that, but we know we’ve got to turn this around and start winning football matches.
Obviously confidence (in the dressing room) is low, but there was a lot of positivity after Tuesday night’s game. We’ve taken it on board that that was a much improved performance, we changed the system and I think we caught out Ebbsfleet a little and we deserved a draw but when things aren’t going for you, you don’t get any luck, you’ve got to earn your luck, and we’ve got to work hard and make sure we’re ready for Hayes. We’ve got a massive three games coming up, and as I said:- if we put in the attitude and determination we put in on Tuesday night in particular and certainly in the first half against Staines the previous Saturday, then we’ll be alright.
“Every game is particularly tough, I do feel we are starting to turn a corner, and as I said: – I’d be quite happy if we go to Hayes and play poorly and win 1-0. It’s one of those cliché’s that we’ve just got to win a game and I think we’ll be fine.”
Of their 9 home fixtures so far this season, Hayes have won 3; drawn 0 and lost 6, but only lie 6 points off a play-off place, in 13th place. A win for Hayes could see them rise a high a 10th, depending on other results.
Over the recent weeks, Manager Babb has shuffled the pack with top scorer Jake Reid; Dan Thompson; Tom Bird and Steven Smith all departing, with Aiden Hawtin (loan); Derek Tieku (loan); Myles Hippolyte; Jack Pattison; Ben Brown; Daniel Wishart (loan) and Inih Effoing (loan) all new additions to the squad.
Ex ‘Boro loanie and fans favourite, Dean Inman is expected to skipper the Hayes side on Saturday. Inman, 22, who spent the majority of the 2012/13 on loan to ‘Boro, signed for Hayes & Yeading in the summer after spending six seasons at the Beveree.
Previewing the game, Manager Phil Babb told getwestlondon: “If you looked at the way the lads celebrated [against Farnborough] there was a great spirit and that belief has not changed.
It’s an important game for us and we need to get back to winning ways. People need to look at themselves, look at their performance, and raise the game because their positions are under threat.”
One to watch: Geoff Mitchell – 4 goals
The last time the two sides met was in the League, back in October, when Hayes, who had a 100% away record, inflicted Boro’s first defeat of the season, losing 2-1 with defender Josh Huggins the ‘Boro scorer.
Hayes & Yeading United’s home fixtures for season 2013/14 are currently being played at Woking FC’s Kingfield Stadium.
Stadium Address: Kingfield Stadium, Kingfield Road, Woking, Surrey, GU22 9AA.
Kick off at Kingfield is at 3pm and Admission Prices are:
- Adult – £12
- Senior Citizens – £8
- Students (Age 16-22) – £8 (with valid Student ID)
- Under 16’s – £2
2013/2014 Offer: As last season, holders of an adult season ticket for a Barclays Premier League, Football League or other Conference club (the days opponents excepted) can get into any home Hayes & Yeading United Conference South fixture for the concession price of £8.00 (a saving of £4.00 on the day).
- Match Day Programme – £2.50
FaST Supporters Coach
HAYES & YEADING – Saturday 18th January – Leaves 13:15pm – Prices £11 FaST Members; £13 Non-Members; £6 Under 16s.
THIS COACH IS NOW CONFIRMED though a couple more bookings are needed for the cost to be covered.
Bookings can be made at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07786 625773.
By Car – The ground is situated on the A247, opposite the entrance to Woking Park, midway between the town centre and Old Woking. Leave the M25 at either junctions 10 (Wisley) or 11 (Chertsey) and follow the signs towards Woking. When nearing the town centre follow the brown signs showing Heathside car park. The ground is about 15 minutes’ walk from the car park. Come out of the car park and follow the signs for Woking FC (the first route described below for rail travellers). Travelling supporters are requested to use Heathside car park as there are no parking areas around Kingfield Stadium. It has been brought to our notice that cars parking in Westfield Avenue have been subjected to parking tickets, this also applies to cars parking on the grass verge near the ground. It is therefore suggested that you try to park elsewhere to avoid this happening to you.
Full directions can be viewed by clicking here.
Skrill South Fixtures – Saturday 18th January 2014 (All kick off at 3pm)
Bath City vs Bromley
Dorchester Town vs Dover Athletic
Eastbourne Borough vs Basingstoke Town
Eastleigh vs Gosport Borough
Ebbsfleet United vs Bishops Stortford
Hayes & Yeading United vs Farnborough
Maidenhead United vs Boreham Wood
Staines Town vs Havant & Waterlooville
Sutton United vs Weston-Super-Mare
Tonbridge Angels vs Concord Rangers
Whitehawk vs Chelmsford City
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