Oct 5 2012 By Matt Lewis
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IAN Crane might have watched his side bang plenty of goals past Beaconsfield SYCOB but the AFC Hayes boss (pictured) is equally pleased with the improvement shown at the other end of the field.
Aban Majeed, Lawrie Shennan and two each for Tony Mendy and Jack Reader did the damage in attack while the Hayes defence shut out the SYCOB front line in a 6-0 victory at Farm Park.
It was the second successive week that the Brook have held firm, having denied Chertsey Town in their previous league fixture, and Crane is keen to maintain the run against Ashford on Saturday.
“It should’ve been more to be honest, but we’ll take six,” said a delighted Crane. “It was the most complete 90 minutes we have put together. We put in a really good defensive display the week before at Chertsey [a 1-0 win] and we’ve been playing good football all year, but we’ve just been conceding these silly soft goals. Apart from against Northwood, we haven’t been opened up, we’ve been giving goals away.
“Defensively we look a lot stronger now and I knew it would come together this weekend, although I wasn’t expecting to get the result we got. We are a lot closer to where we want to be now and it is pleasing when you consider we didn’t have any players on the books two months ago.”
Reader’s brace were his first two goals for the club since moving from Harefield during the summer and Crane has been delighted by the progress of some of his starlets.
“We had a word with him [Reader] about stepping up to play at the higher level and he has taken it on board,” he added. “Aban Majeed is another one who has come on in leaps and bounds. The boys are listening and we are seeing massive improvement.”