UNITED'S SUR­VIVAL BID TAKES A HIT

THREE PENAL­TIES AWARDED AS H&Y ARE HIT FOR SIX

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By RICHARD SPILLER richard.spiller@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @Sur­reyAdSpills

A DIS­AS­TROUS day for Hayes & Yead­ing United saw their hopes of avoid­ing rel­e­ga­tion take an­other dive as they were ham­mered 6-0 at Biggleswade Town.

The mid-ta­ble hosts made it four games with­out vic­tory for their strug­gling vis­i­tors in the Evo-Stik South­ern League Premier, de­spite them hav­ing gone close to open­ing the scor­ing in the 14th minute when a long Cal­lum Ade­biyi throw-in was headed up in the air by for­mer Ar­se­nal de­fender Gavin Hoyte, the ball drop­ping to Ra­mone Rose who saw his vol­ley go just wide.

Min­utes later United were con­tro­ver­sially be­hind as Rob­bie Parker broke into the United box, Dar­ren Locke slid in to tackle and ap­peared to get the ball only for the ref­eree to point to the spot. Rhys Hoenes coolly sent Danny Boness the wrong way.

Boness did well to pre­vent Hoenes mak­ing it 2-0 from a header while Michael Richens threat­ened only to fire into the side net­ting as Hayes & Yead­ing strug­gled and lost Rose to in­jury mid­way through the first half.

United threat­ened to level early in the sec­ond half, as a neat stepover by David Hut­ton saw the ball reach Dy­lan Kear­ney and his in­stant lay-off found Graeme Mont­gomery but his shot was held by home keeper Ian Brown.

Af­ter a bright spell of 15 min­utes, the hosts took con­trol and never threat­enened to let go.

Richens went close again from dis­tance be­fore Waders sub­sti­tute Tony Bur­nett col­lected the ball on the edge of the United box and Tom Broad­bent’s slip al­lowed the striker time and space to fire across Boness.

Min­utes later it was three. Richens rid­ing three tack­les be­fore be­ing felled in the box by Solo­man Sam­bou with the ref­eree again point­ing to the spot. This time Boness guessed cor­rectly and was fingertips away from keep­ing out the sec­ond Hoenes penalty.

It proved a tem­po­rary lull and within two min­utes the ball was on the spot for a third time, Hoenes rac­ing clear only to be brought down by Boness as the winger beat the United keeper to the ball. Hoenes duly com­pleted a hat-trick of penal­ties with a cheeky chip up the mid­dle.

With 15 min­utes to go and United in dis­ar­ray, a poor pass was in­ter­cepted by Craig Daniel, who let fly from 25 yards and saw the de­flected ball fly into the top cor­ner. A rare United sor­tie saw Kear­ney get his head to a Cal­lum Ade­biyi cross only to head wide be­fore the Waders hit num­ber six. Richens was twice de­nied by ex­cel­lent Boness blocks only for the ball to drop to Bur­nett a few yards out and he back-heeled the ball past the de­fend­ers on the line to end a mis­er­able day for United, who must re­group be­fore Fri­day’s cru­cial home en­counter with St Neots Town.

Weald­stone’s 1-1 Vanarama South draw with Chelms­ford City stretched their un­beaten run to 11 matches but saw them slip fur­ther off the play-off zone.

The re­sult was the more cred­itable given the fourth-placed Clarets went ahead in the third minute when Louie Theo­phanous un­leashed an un­stop­pable low drive past Jonathan North from the edge of the area. He had a chance to dou­ble his tally in­side 10 min­utes when Josh Hill squared a header across goal only for the striker to nod over.

Chelms­ford keeper Ross Fitzsimons was called into ac­tion mid­way through the first half, deny­ing Ricky Wel­lard’s ex­cel­lent ef­fort and then White’s fol­low-up.

Stones’ North su­perbly de­nied Mark Haines’ bul­let header, tip­ping it onto the cross­bar.

The sec­ond half be­longed to Weald­stone, who showed more flu­ency and at­tack­ing in­tent with Craw­ley Town’s Ariyan Ta­jbakhsh dom­i­nant in mid­field.

What looked a harsh penalty – yet re­plays later vin­di­cated – was awarded as a Wel­lard shot from 20 yards was de­flected into Hill’s falil­ing arm, ref­eree Rob MasseyEl­lis point­ing to the spot and Joe White tuck­ing it away.

Chelms­ford ral­lied af­ter that but were thwarted by North’s fine dis­play, not least when he bril­liantly tipped away an ef­fort from Theo­phanous.

Weald­stone had to bat­tle back from a goal down to draw 1-1 with Con­cord Rangers on Mon­day night, need­ing a late Matty Which­e­low goal which he blasted in from 25 yards. It can­celled out Tay­lor Miles’s 30-yard screamer.

Dy­lan Kear­ney

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