Dec 5 2012 By Matt Lewis
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IAN Crane has no fear as he takes his in-form AFC Hayes side to high-flying Royston Town on Saturday.
Crane’s boys made it three wins out of their last four at the weekend as they cruised past Barton Rovers 3-1 thanks to goals from Lawrie Sheenan, Danny Muguisha and Drew Harewood.
That was despite missing top scorer Tony Mendy, right-back James Walters, centre-back Ben Dyer, central midfield Jack Buckle to suspension and a cluster of other first-team stars to injury.
Crane is in confident mood as he prepares his team for the trip to face a Crows side that sits eight places above the Brook in second place in the Evo-Stik Division One Central and has targeted three points at Garden Walk.
He said: “I’m not worried about Royston. I truly am not worried. We played them last year when I was at Harefield and up until half-time we played them off the park. We had a man sent off and then lost 6-1 but it was merely because we had a man sent off.
“No disrespect to Harefield but the side I’ve got here is better than that. We should be going there and looking to get three points and not a draw. We’re looking to go there and win. They got beaten comfortably by Slough at the weekend.”
Sheenan has been the subject of a seven-day approach by Walton Casuals but Crane does not believe the striker will make the move this week, with his strike partner Mendy set to return after the Royston clash.
He added: “Danny Muguisha and Drew Harewood have come in and done well while Tony has been out. We’re on a good run at the minute and I think we’ve gelled. We’ve only lost two in our last 12 going back to September and we want to keep it going.
“We’ve got games twice a week now until January but we’re using the squad well. We’re lucky because we’ve got enough quality to do that and are in quite a strong position.”