LUKE Williams is looking forward to bigger and better things with Hayes & Yeading next season.
It has been a disastrous season for the club as first Nas Bashir and then Tony O’Driscoll failed to cut the mustard at the helm.
Now on to their third management team, led by Tristan Lewis and Delroy Preddie, United will not look back on 2012-13 with any great affection.
Bouncing straight back into the Blue Square Premier was the aim. In the end, it became a struggle for survival as the club became embroiled in a relegation battle. But with their Blue Square South status secured for another year, exciting playmaker Williams is already plotting a route to the play-offs in 2013-14.
He said: “Next season I think we’ve got to aim for the playoffs. We’re good enough; we’ve beaten the teams at the top like Welling.
“The club have said they want me to stay. I don’t see any reason why I need to move on; I’m happy at the club. I’ll sit down with them over the summer hopefully and see what happens.
“If a [Football] League team did come in for me they have said they wouldn’t stand in my way. Right now though I’m just looking to do the job here.”
The overused pitch at their temporary home at Kingfield has often been cited as a handicap this year, and their passing style has certainly been hampered at times by the challenging surface.
Williams is hoping that a move to the Sharda Glass Community Stadium materialises in time for next season and reckons the new ground could be crucial to the team’s success next term.
He said: “Playing in our own home could make a big difference next season. Obviously it’s closer to Hayes and we’ll get more fans. Playing at your home ground always helps and can mean an extra few points over the season.
“The pitch at times didn’t help this year. It cut up and we like to pass the ball, so it’s been hard. With two teams playing on it as well it’s not helped, as well as the bad weather we’ve had.
“We feel we can compete with anyone though when we get it right. When we can play our football and pass it, we pass every team of the pitch.
“We know at times we’ve not been good enough, but we’ve been on the training ground working hard to put things right. If we can carry it through to next season we can do well.”