HAYES & Yeading's Ed Harris hailed two-goal hero Steve Basham for shooting down Oxford United on Tuesday night – and providing the on-loan QPR defender with the biggest victory of his fledgling career.
The 19-year-old revelled in the atmosphere created by the 5,045 crowd at the Kassam Stadium and played his part in a superb defensive performance by Garry Haylock's men as they tamed Blue Square Premier title-chasers Oxford in their own back yard.
But Harris – signed from QPR on transfer deadline day - was quick to salute Basham's impressive double against his old club that secured Hayes & Yeading's best win of the season.
“Steve has been brilliant for weeks and for every game since I have been here,” said Harris. “He has been up there by himself at times, but he has held up the ball well and last night just proved how good he is – Steve deserves all the credit that comes his way.”
For Harris himself, the match was a personal triumph as it provided him with perhaps the best moment so far of his young career.
“It probably was the biggest game that I have played in,” added Harris. “The crowd were good as they were loud and noisy, but I think that everyone in the team worked hard to prove they were good enough after Luton when we did not play the best game. It has been good for me playing in the Conference as it is a high standard with teams like Oxford and AFC Wimbledon.”
Hayes & Yeading travel to Grays Athletic on Saturday with Harris insisting that his side cannot be complacent as they have yet to mathematically seal their survival in the division.
“It is another big game for us and we have to be going there and winning to make sure that we stay up,” he added. “The manager set us a target of 50 points for survival and we are still not there yet. But we have proved that we can beat anybody in the division on our day.”