Jan 4 2013 By Matt Lewis
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TOM Cadmore hopes Hayes and Yeading can replicate the spirit of 2009 and win promotion back to the Blue Square Premier.
Cadmore captained United to a dramatic play-off final victory over Hampton and Richmond to seal United’s place in the non-league top-flight four years ago.
The reliable defender is the only survivor of that promotion-winning side and has never forgotten the sensational run up to the final at the Beveree.
Hayes and Yeading won 10 on the bounce to book their place in the end of season lottery and that momentum played a factor in the end for Garry Haylock’s side.
Cadmore, who was voted the club’s player of the year that season, believes United will need a strong finish again this term if they want to repeat the feat.
“Everyone needs to be together,” the defender told the Gazette. “It’s been disappointing so far this season. At the start, we were doing well. But lately results haven’t gone our way.
“We had a good team spirit in the 2008/9 season. We weren’t doing that well but during the last two months, we kicked on and strung a few good results together. If we go on a good run, we can pick up some points, and we’ll be in the playoffs for sure. The good times are going to come.”
Cadmore first joined United on a three-month loan deal from Wycombe Wanderers in August 2007 before making a permanent move to the club after his release by the Chairboys a year later.
Having passed the 200-game mark last season, Cadmore is the club’s record appearance holder and a firm favourite with the Kingfield faithful.
Should he guide the team to the finals of both the Blue Square South play-offs and the Middlesex Senior Cup, Cadmore will be close to reaching a landmark 250 matches in the red shirt.
“It’s pretty good at my age to be hitting 250 appearances,” added the centre-half. “I’ll be 25 in January so that would be impressive.”
“The club has been very good to me. I’ve been fortunate to have had two very good, loyal managers here. I know things change in football, but I want to continue playing in this stadium. This club is the perfect fit for me.”
Cadmore, who played in central midfield alongside old pal Jamie Hand in the victory over Maidenhead in midweek, will be hoping to pick up three more points at Dorchester on Saturday.