Dec 18 2009 By Chris Slavin
ON-LOAN Hayes & Yeading striker Steve Basham is aiming to shoot down Kidderminster tomorrow - and help himself secure an extended stay at Church Road in the new year.
The experienced 32-year-old impressed Hayes manager Garry Haylock in leading the line in Saturday’s FA Trophy first round defeat at his former club Oxford United and Basham has set his sights on helping his new side push up the Blue Square Premier table.
That would in turn strengthen Basham’s chances of staying with Hayes for a longer spell, and he admitted that he is keen on prolonging his two-month loan deal from Luton Town when it runs out on January 23.
"I do not know what will happen yet. I just have to concentrate on getting 90 minutes in and do as much as I can and try and do as well as I can for the club.
"The club has come a long way in a short space of time in gaining promotion and we want to keep improving to establish ourselves at this level.
"I have really enjoyed the short time that I have been here as I love the way the manager does things and the enthusiasm of the lads in training.
"A lot of the clubs at this level are professional, but a lot of our lads are coming into training after working from nine until five.
"They show a lot of dedication and I am enjoying my time here."
Hayes entertain ninth-placed Kidderminster tomorrow at Church Road, with Basham determined to put his new club’s FA Trophy disappointment at the Kassam Stadium behind him and add to the one goal he has scored from the penalty spot so far.
"It is back to the league for us on Saturday with Kidderminster at home and it is a game that we need to get a result from now after the FA Trophy match," the former Southampton and Preston striker added.
"We will be working hard all week to do so and we will be ready for it.
"Going to places like Oxford is a learning curve for the lads after getting promoted, but we have the ability in the squad and we just have to be more consistent."