Aug 23 2010 By Chris Slavin
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GARRY Haylock said that his side's shock victory at Grimsby Town struck a big blow for “small clubs” in the Blue Square Bet Premier.
Written off after their sorry 5-0 thrashing at Eastbourne Borough on Tuesday night, Hayes & Yeading produced the perfect response against a side only relegated from the Football League last season.
And they did it with only 27 travelling fans having made the trip to Humberside from West London, a fact that further underlined the size of the task that Hayes & Yeading faced.
“Hopefully, we've shown a few people today that we may be a small club, but little Hayes can play football as well,” said the Hayes & Yeading boss.
"Last season we lost 8-0 to Luton then went and beat Oxford, I asked for a better performance and we got one.
"We prepared properly, stayed overnight, and had Grimsby watched on Tuesday so we knew how they'd play. And you don't come to a place like Grimsby and expect to be anything other than up against it in front of a big support.
"But we set our stall out properly and after the way the first half went in the way of possession I would have been happy with 0-0, but we got a fantastic goal from Jamie.
"We got on the ball a bit more in the second-half with more space and scored a second goal which was more typical of us and our kind of passing goal.
"I was pleased we held on because this side can only improve, it's got a lot more quality in it this season."