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League - National League South
Tue 12
Hayes & Yeading Utd
R Wellard (25'), Z Joseph (45'), M Barrington (66')

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By Rob Overfield
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The Beavers will take a break from a tough league season to face old rivals Hayes & Yeading Utd, in the quarter-finals of the Middlesex FA Charity Cup on Tuesday.

In their separate guises, the Beavers have played Hayes FC and Yeading FC many times, but for many long-standing fans, the biggest match between the Beavers and the amalgamated club was the old Conference South playoff final in 2009 in front of a crowd of 3,100, when the United beat the Beavers 3-2 to earn promotion to what is now the National League. Goals from Shaun McAuley and a very cheeky finish by fans favourite Ian Hodges weren't enough on the day to take the Beavers up.

The United now find themselves in the Bostik League South Central Division, but on their form this season, they won't be for much longer.

Sitting top, 15 points clear of the chasing pack, they've been an unstoppable force, firing goals in from all angles. From 25 league games, they've racked up 98 goals, and in 10 of those matches, they've hammered 5 goals or more, including a 9, an 8 and a 7 goal match scoreline. Throw in 31 goals in all Cup competitions as well, there's no question they're confident in front of goal.

Led by 30 goals from Lee Barney, there's another 5 players into double figures this season, and it includes a name very familiar to Beavers supporters, Duncan Culley, who's scored 16 goals this season, including a hat-trick recently against Hertford Town. This match saw the home side ruthlessly demolish their opponents, even scoring 3 more goals with only 10 men on the field, despite being 5-0 up at time of the dismissal.

There's other connections to the Beavers in right back Tom Jelley, Academy graduate Rylan Myers and current squad member Charlie Burns, all part of a direct, positive squad who will probably give Beavers manager Gary McCann some serious tactical issues to ponder over.

Other notable players for United include midfielders Scott Donnelly and Scott Bridges, and tricky wide player Josh Chamberlain, in a squad that has also had a recent influx of new players as well, meaning that the likely line up is still in their manager Paul Hughes' mind.

For the Beavers, Gary may well choose to give recent signing Marcel Barrington a start, as well as get some match fitness for those players who have not been getting regular starts: Casey Maclaren, Ryan Hill and Ricky Wellard must all be in contention.

Although Gary isn't one to take opposition lightly, the Beavers will need to be on top of their game on Tuesday night and so it all stacks up into a difficult and intriguing cup tie.

Admission on the night will be £8 for adults, £5 for concessions and £2 for under 16's; the competition is raising money this season for St Luke's Hospice so please come along and enjoy the match while raising funds for a worthwhile cause.

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Tue 12, Feb 2019