Dec 7 2012 By Matt Lewis
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CAPTAIN Sam Cox believes December could make or break Hayes & Yeading’s season.
United’s clash with Hornchurch on Saturday was the first of eight games in the space of just 29 days for the Blue Square South club.
Promotion back to the non-league top flight is the main priority for Hayes & Yeading this term and the lead up to Christmas could be the key to achieving that ambition.
“It’s going to be hectic,” said Cox. “Personally, I see it as something to look forward to as it is one of the most important times of the year. This is the time when you see which teams are going to be at the top start pulling away.
“It is a great opportunity for us to show other teams how good we are and to try and push as high up the table as possible.
“As long as we can stay in and around this pack of teams, come the end of the season we will be fine. Automatic promotion is our main objective and we want to try and pick up as many points as possible.”
United were due to play Enfield Town in the Middlesex Senior Cup second round last night (Tuesday)and the games keep coming as Nas Bashir’s side travel to Welling this weekend.
Cox does not fear the fixture frenzy and is confident the depth and quality of Hayes & Yeading’s squad will prove the difference in the run-up to the New Year.
“We’ve got a strong squad and that will come into its own at this time,” he said. “The joy of having a big squad means that you can bring players off the bench with experience. Technical players like John Goddard and Josh Ekim, who is one of the best footballers in our team, are ready to come on and help. The future looks bright for us.
“Eastleigh, Chelmsford and Salisbury have strong squads, but without a shadow of a doubt ours is up there with the best in the division. These games are not easy but it gives us the chances to win points for ourselves and take points away from those teams.”
Meanwhile, Hayes & Yeading’s new ground will be called the Sharda Glass Stadium after a two-and-a-half year deal was agreed with the Hayes glazing firm this week.