Saturday’s opponents currently compete in the Southern League Premier South and have had a mixed start to their season. United currently sit in 10th position in their division, with 10 points gained from eight games, with three wins, one draw and four losses.
Hayes & Yeading United were founded in 2007 after a merger between Hayes FC and Yeading FC. Yeading FC went on an impressive FA Cup run in the 2004/05 season, beating Slough Town in the second round to earn a third round tie against Premier League giants, Newcastle United which they only narrowly lost 2-0.
Saturday’s opponents were also the Rebels’ opposition in the very first match held at Arbour Park.
The game will give United the opportunity to get back to winning ways, after losing last time out. Scott Davies’ men will go into the tie full of confidence, thanks to two wins on the bounce which have pulled the club away from the bottom of the National League South table. The Rebels’ last meeting against United was more than four years ago in a friendly, where the Rebels won 2-0. Slough have won two of their last three previous meetings against United and will be confident they can continue their resurgent form.
The manager for Hayes & Yeading United is Ritchie Hanlon, who has been at the club since 2016. Hanlon is an experienced former player who boasts a playing career competing both in the Football League and non-league football, starting his youth career at Chelsea before moving onto clubs such as Cambridge United, Southend United and Peterborough United. Forced into an early retirement at the age of 28 due to injury, Hanlon is an experienced coach who will expect his side to perform well against the Rebels.
Hanlon will surely rely on key player, Sam Ashton to help his side challenge the Rebels, with the 25-year-old striker netting seven goals so far this season. The Rebels will have to be wary of the United front man who will be keen to further improve his goalscoring tally. Ashton previously trialled with the Rebels at the beginning of pre-season and will have a point to prove returning to the club.
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