STEVE Basham says he is likely to be the most frustrated spectator present on Saturday when Hayes & Yeading take on Luton Town at Church Road.
The 32-year-old striker has been banned from playing by the Hatters under the terms of his loan agreement with United and is robbed of the chance to get one over the parent club that snubbed him.
There is little prospect of Basham returning to Luton at the end of the season, having been frozen out by Hatters boss Richard Money, and he will be out of contract when the season ends, so there would hardly have been a conflict of loyalties.
"It's a shame and frustrating, even if I can understand the situation," Basham told the Gazette.
"I've been around long enough to realise I'm not wanted at Luton. Their manager made that clear, even though I felt I could do a job there.
"I have effectively left them and it would have been nice to play against them to show the manager what I can do, but I guess they don't want me scoring a hat-trick against them!"
Basham thinks his new team have every chance of upsetting the promotion-seeking Hatters without him.
"I've seen enough at Hayes to know that on our day, we can match anybody. It's just the intensity of the concentration that needs to improve. It's tough when you are part-time, but we are slowly getting there."
If United are to get the better of United, they will have to show the improved defensive qualities that almost brought a win against Mansfield at the weekend.
A mistake cost United a win but it was a far cry from the frailties of recent weeks - and the six goals conceded at home to Rushden in January.
Boss Garry Haylock said: "I don't think you ever get rid of the faults totally. You have to be vigilant for 96 minutes or whatever it is, because you make a mistake against teams like Rushden and Luton and you will get punished.
"Saturday was probably one of the best defensive performances we've put in - even though a mistake cost a goal at the end - and it's the kind of performance we need. We just need to put in that tiny bit extra."