Hayes get the year off to a whimper
IT WAS a weekend washout for many of the borough’s football clubs at the weekend and AFC Hayes will be wishing Mother Nature had put paid to their fixture too as they were beaten by Sutton Common Rovers.
Every single game in the Southern League Division One Central was called off due to waterlogged pitches as Uxbridge and Northwood were both forced to put their feet up on Saturday.
However, the surface at the Borough Sports Ground, in south London, was deemed playable and the travelling Brook began the new year with a 2-1 Combined Counties Premier Division defeat.
Hayes goalkeeper Bobby Khaira certainly did not deserve to be on the losing side as the man between the sticks excelled for the Brook in difficult condi- tions. The two sides only went in level at the interval thanks to the custodian’s reflexes as he pulled off a double save in an otherwise quiet opening 45 minutes.
But the game exploded into life just three minutes after the restart as Rovers took the lead through Francois Gabbidon’s near-post drive.
Khaira could do nothing about that shot, yet he was earning the plaudits again moments later as he kept out Liam Holden’s penalty to give Hayes a fighting chance.
They appeared to have taken it when Ronnel Dennis smashed in a fantastic volley on the hour to set things up nicely for the visitors to push on for all three points.
Sutton had other ideas though and the Brook goal was breached again four minutes from time when Kobe Botwe fired in a dramatic late winner to break Hayes hearts.
Northwood and Uxbridge were both hoping for their first action of 2016 last night when they were due to host North Greenford and Godalming Town last night (Tuesday). AFC Hayes, looking to bounce straight back from the Rovers setback, were due to host Westfield at Farm Park.
n FANTASTIC VOLLEY: Ronnel Dennis