Sunday, 23 October 2016

Hayes and Yeading United F.C. - York Road

Hayes and Yeading United F.C.
Hayes and Yeading United F.C.
York Road Stadium
York Road

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Ground Number: 30
Date: Sunday 2nd November 2014
Score: Hayes and Yeading United F.C. 1-1 Sutton United F.C.
Competition: Vanarama National League South
Attendance: 372

So it was the weekend before my 15th birthday and the obvious way to celebrate my birthday early would be to go groundhopping with Sutton United and luckily enough this weekend Sutton were playing away to Hayes and Yeading who at the time were ground sharing with league rivals Maidenhead United which meant the realistically we was going to Maidenhead`s ground not Hayes and Yeading`s ground. Like any other teenager I was excited for this weekends game because it was only 2 days away from my birthday and this game was a kind of present for me to go to and I am confident that Sutton can win or at the very least get a point.

This year I felt really positive about my birtbday football fixture away to Hayes and Yeading because my birthday game last season was a 1-1 home draw against the to be 2013/14 Conference South champions Eastleigh. Another reason why I was really excited is because this would be a new ground for me and for me visiting a new ground no matter what level the ground is at is a special moment for me.
So it was the night before the game and as it was a Saturday I decided to spend the day playing football manager and I also went out and played some football and did some goalkeeper training with my mates as I am a goalkeeeper. Also before I went to bed I looked into the history about Hayes and Yeading United F.C. as I did not know a lot about them.
Hayes and Yeading United were founded in 2007 after the teams of Hayes F.C and Yeading F.C. merged to form Hayes and Yeading United. The club's nickname is 'United' and the club play in the colours of mainly red and black. The newly formed Hayes and Yeading United started their first season (2007/08) in the Conference South. In the 2008/09 season the club finished 4th in the Conference South and won promoted to the Conference Premier after beating Hampton and Richmond 3-2 in the play-off final. The club played in the Conference Premier in the 2009/10 season and turned to a fully professional side for the 2010/11 season. The club then started groundsharing with Woking and then at the end of the 2011/12 season Hayes and Yeading were relegated back to the Conference South. The club competed in the Conference South in the 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 and the 2015/16 season. At the end of the 2015/16 season they were relegated to the Southern Premier and they groundshared with league rivals Maidenhead United for the 2014/15 and 2015/16 season. At the start of the 2016/17 season the club moved to their new SkyEx Community Stadium back in Hayes but have recently had some problems with the stadium. At the time of this game the club played in the Conference South.
So the day of Hayes and Yeading away had finally arrived and I woke up bright and early at 8am which for me on a Sunday is quite early as I generally wake up at around 10am on a Sunday. I went downstairs and found my nan had come round to visit me as she was unable to come round on my actual birthday which was a nice surprise and then my dad arrived at around 10am. My nan and me had a chat and she left my house at 10:15am and me and my dad left shortly after. We drove to Maidenhead on the M4 and we joined the M4 at Heathrow Airport and it was very quiet on the roads and we managed to get to Maidenhead at 11:45am.
We then found the ground by following the signs and then parked the car in a local car park and then went into Maidenhead for lunch and we had to settle for a McDonald`s. At around 1pm we headed back towards the stadium and it was only a 10 minute walk from the town centre. We walked into the ground, paid, got a bacon cheeseburger which tasted really good and I would definitely suggest buying one and I also purchased a programme. I then quickly ate my cheeseburger and then I walked around the ground to take some pictures.
York Road used to be a bit of a quirky ground has now started to get a more modern fresh look, with the opening in 2014 of a new covered seated stand on one side of the ground. This stand, which is known as the Railway Stand, is comprised of seven rows of seating and has a capacity of 550. The ground itself has a capacity of 4,000. Although fairly simply constructed, it is smart looking and is free of supporting pillars. It runs for about half the length of the pitch, sitting astride the half way line. The Bell Street end of the ground is a simple covered terrace which is split into two separate sections. It is quite eye catching as 'Maidenhead Utd FC' has been painted onto the back wall of the terrace in large black and white letters.
Opposite at the other end is the smaller East Terrace, that does have some cover towards its middle. The other side of the ground lets the ground down somewhat. Apart from one small open terrace and the team dugouts, it is home to a large ugly radio mast and a building that contains amongst other things, a 3G training pitch. York Road is also quite a famous stadium as it has been recognised as the oldest stadium recognised by the FA that has been continuously used by the same club which is by Maidenhead United since 1871. I really like York Road as a stadium and it is a stadium that is much at the level of the Conference South. (Description of York Road is sourced from Football Ground Guide).
After walking around the ground to take some pictures I headed round to the East Terrace as the away side normally kick that way and at around 2:20pm my mate Johnnie walked round and joined me and wished me a happy birthday and we talked about the game and put up some Sutton stickers. The teams came out 2 minutes early and we had chosen the right end and Sutton were kicking towards the East Terrace and we put our flags up and the travelling 80 or so Sutton fans came behind the goal. Sutton immediately went on the attack and were creating many chances but Hayes and Yeading managed to get the better of Sutton goalkeeper Tom Lovelock to put Hayes and Yeading one-nile up. Sutton continued to attack after going 1-0 down but it just looked like one of them games were the ball just did not want to find the back of the net. 
Half time approached and at the interval it still remained 1-0 to Hayes and Yeading. However on 55 minutes Sutton equalised from a set piece as striker Jessy Reindorf headed the ball into the back on the net. Both teams had chances to put the game away and take all 3 points but the game finished 1-1 and I was more than happy with a point away from home because Hayes and Yeading could have taken all 3 points so there was no reason to be negative about getting a point away from home. The journey home was filled up with me and my dad talking about the game and we had really enjoyed our day in Maidenhead. I eventually got back home at 6:16pm feeling happy that we had got a point but also feeling very tired.

Stadium: 7/10
Bar: 6/10
Food and Drink: 8/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Friendliness: 8/10
Value For Money: 8/10
Overall Rating: 7.3/10

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