Hayes get the year off to a whim­per

FOOT­BALL

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

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

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