Feb 15 2013 By Matt Lewis
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TOM Collins is hoping he can fire Hayes & Yeading clear of trouble after bagging two goals in his first two games back at Kingfield.
Collins is back at United on a month-long loan from Stockport County and netted in the 2-1 home defeat to bottom-of-the-table Truro City at the weekend.
He followed that with a last-gasp winner in Tuesday night’s narrow victory over Basingstoke Town to lift some of the gloom following the departure of Nas Bashir.
Suddenly, United find themselves falling into a relegation scrap but returning Collins is confident that his goals can help his team steer clear of the bottom three.
“You always want more,” said Collins after scoring on his return last Saturday. “I want to come in and make an impact and hopefully I’ve already done that a little bit. I’ve played 19 times this season, so I’m not unfit, it was just a change of manager [at Stockport that led to my departure] and sometimes that happens in football.
“I love the club and I was here last season, so I’m looking to get games and do well. I was enjoying it up there but hopefully I can keep playing down here and help the club to safety.
The striker is not fazed by the prospect of a basement battle and insists he could extend his stay at Hayes and Yeading beyond his initial month.
“I’d like to think it could be extended, but that’s obviously for the two clubs to work out,” he added. “We’ll see how I’m doing but if I’m enjoying it and the club want to keep me then hopefully I can stay.
“Nas was a good guy and we had our ups and downs, but you have that with every manager.
“Despite there being no manager, Tristan [Lewis] and Tony [O’Driscoll] are still here so it’s the same really. I’ve been welcomed back with open arms.”
Hayes and Yeading are due to travel to Farnborough this weekend as Adam Bygrave faces a return to his former employers.
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