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12th May 2009 8:52

UPDATE: Gateshead 1 - 0 Telford
at the International Stadium, 8 May 2009
Telford had a player sent off around 75 mins. Then Gateshead took the lead on 80 minutes with a soft goal according to the BBC Shropshire commentary.
Hampton & Richmond 2 - 3 Hayes & Yeading
at The Beveree, Hampton, 7 May 2009
Att: 3500 with 500 locked out

Blue Square South play off final.

Hayes & Yeading promoted to the Blue Square Premier.

by Martin Shaw

In a pulsating and exciting game at the Beveree, visitors Hayes & Yeading beat Hampton & Richmond 3-2 to claim a place in the Conference. Four of the 5 goals were goalkeeping howlers.

No sadness for me to see Hampton beaten, as the organisation was a complete shambles, and I ended up missing the opening 10 minutes. Hundreds of fans were then locked out. Whether Hayes would be any better I can't say.

Both teams played attacking football, but the better side won. If Delroy Preddie remains the Hayes keeper next season though, a couple of tips for the Stags. 1. Gets some shots on target, he's average at best. 2. Hide behind him when he's kicking out from his area. Hampton's second goal came when he threw the ball in front of him in order to kick it up field, but he hadn't realised that Hampton striker Ian Hodges was hiding behind him, and Hodges pounced on the loose ball and planted it into the empty net. Schoolboy error if ever you've seen one.

Sequence of events:
20 mins 0-1 Hayes take the lead through Scott Fitzgerald, as a left wing cross is deflected off a defender into his path in the six yard box.
x mins Scott Fitzgerald hits the bar with a brilliant strike.
Half time 0-1
59 mins 1-1 Hampton equalise through McAuley. His shot goes straight through Hayes keeper Preddie, terrible goalkeeping error.
69 mins: 2-1 Hodges puts Hampton in front. Joke goal (see details above).
71 mins 2-2 Hayes level, Steve Gregory shot from the left flies over Hampton keeper Matt Lovett into roof of net.
73 mins 2-3 Weak shot from Steve Gregory goes straight through Hampton keeper Matt Lovett. Where do they get these keepers from?
90+2 mins Hampton keeper sent off for absurd challenge on Hayes striker Scott Fitzgerald near the halfway line.
Final score 2-3

Video highlights here:

Note: Hayes & Yeading Utd 2008/09 attendance stats:
Average home attendance: 347 (up from 265 the previous season)
Lowest home attendance: 184
Highest home attendance: 1526

Hayes & Yeading Utd were formed in 2007 by the merger of Hayes FC and Yeading FC. The Stags played Hayes in the FA Cup in November 1998, winning 2-1 with goals by Darrell Clarke and Tony Lormor.

Photos by Martin Shaw

Hampton & Richmond kick off after Hayes take the lead at 1-0:

BBC Surrey's Mr Loud Mouth Adrian Harmes (reference Woking away) is momentarily becalmed at half time:

Hampton & Richmond celebrate taking the lead at 2-1 through a ridiculous goal:

Hayes & Yeading celebrate with the trophy (sorry for blurred photos):

Brian Lee !!

Hayes's former Woking defender Gary McDonald is interviewed by BBC Surrey's Mr Loud Mouth Adrian Harmes:

Hayes keeper Delroy Preddie - a winner despite two of the howlers of the season:

Hayes no.9 Scott Fitzgerald interviewed after the game, holding the winners' trophy:



Brown: We won't be league's big spenders
Thursday, 07 May 2009
By John Stanton

TERRY Brown knows his budget for next season - and the AFC Wimbledon boss says it will put the club in the middle of the Blue Square Premier spending league.

The Dons chief will decide which of his squad to retain next week - and is likely to tell a number of first-team players that they can leave Kingsmeadow.

The former Aldershot manager has already held talks with a number of transfer targets, but doesn't expect any signings to be confirmed in the next seven days.

Brown says he is satisfied with his budget, though it could change dramatically depending on the future of troubled broadcaster Setanta, which currently has the rights to Blue Square Premier football and gives each club a flat fee.

“Ours is a mid-range Blue Square Premier budget,” Brown said. “But it's not a black and white situation this year and it could still change. We are very aware that Setanta are having difficulties. There is a risk they may not continue to cover the league next season and, if they don't, that will have a significant impact."

For the full interview, don't miss tomorrow's South London Press.


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