Jan 2 2013 By Guy Martin
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Maidenhead United 0-2 Hayes & Yeading
MANAGER Nas Bashir hailed a bright new beginning for Hayes & Yeading United after watching their New Year's Day win at Maidenhead United.
It could be a huge year for the club with moving to a new stadium and returning to the Blue Square Premier its two main objectives for 2013.
Bashir believes the latter is achievable despite a dismal December and mixed first half to the season in the Blue Square South, and the new players involved in Tuesday's 2-0 win added to his renewed sense of optimism.
Former skipper Jamie Hand returned to shore up the United midfield while centre back Adam Bygrave impressed on returning to a side now four points off the play-off places.
Both picked up bookings but said afterwards they had put past disciplinary issues behind them, and there was a goalscoring cameo by young debutant Jamal Lowe, a Barnet loanee Bashir called a ‘wildcard’.
“I thought we were the better team,” Bashir said. “I thought we played the better football and created more.
“We're looking to get on a run. We had a couple of new additions in the team today and there are four or five what I'd call first-team players injured. We can get competition for places going and push up the league.”
United took less than eight minutes to score, Josh Ekim finishing from Kudus Oyenuga's cut-back from the left.
Both teams had chances before and after the break but neither found the net until the hosts had a goal ruled out for offside in the 90th minute, and substitute Lowe compounded their misery in the fifth minute of injury time.
The 18-year-old ran from halfway before smashing in at the near post, winning praise from a manager who had not previously seen Lowe play.
“We brought him in as a bit of a wildcard,” Bashir said. “He's shown signs in training when I've thought “the boy's got something.
“The plan is to get in the play-offs. Once we can get to that new ground, it would be lovely to build a club and we're trying to put together a good team. Hopefully we can be in the top league next year in a new stadium.”