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HAYES & Yead­ing United bounced back in style on Satur­day, with a 5-2 win over Money­fields, cour­tesy of an hat-trick from Dun­can Culley.

It took just five min­utes for Culley to bag a brace, the first com­ing in the sec­ond minute af­ter Toby Lit­tle found space on the left and crossed for the for­ward to pounce.

Culley’s sec­ond came as Lit­tle out­paced Cur­tis Thorne and sent in an­other invit­ing cen­tre.

Money­fields pulled a goal back when Hayes de­fender Ryan Kin­nane di­verted an­other cross into his own net af­ter 17 min­utes but United re­stored their lead just be­fore half time, Culley turn­ing provider as he chipped a ball through to Manny Duku, who chested home on the goalline.

Af­ter 54 min­utes, United grabbed their fourth as a de­fen­sive mix-up al­lowed Culley a sim­ple tap-in.

Three min­utes later, Duku scored his sec­ond – and United’s fifth – as he rose high­est to meet Scott Don­nelly’s cross and head home past the Money­fields keeper.

With a four-goal ad­van­tage, United took their foot off the pedal and the home side scored in stop­page time, when Sam Pearce smashed home from a cor­ner in the fi­nal ac­tion of the match.

The re­sult leaves United fifth in the South­ern League East Di­vi­sion, firmly in the play-off places as they were set to con­tinue their de­fence of the South­ern League Cup in a quar­ter-fi­nal at home to Mar­low last night.

United man­ager Paul Hughes was a happy man af­ter Satur­day’s win.

“The play­ers’ at­ti­tude and ap­pli­ca­tion was first class against a phys­i­cally tough team who have a fan­tas­tic record at home,” said Hughes.

“The con­di­tions made it very hard to play our foot­ball and we had to win our bat­tles through­out the game.

“The team showed, again, that they can win a phys­i­cal con­test as well as play good foot­ball. If a foot­ball team wants to win con­sis­tently then those traits are es­sen­tial, and that is what ex­cites me about this cur­rent group of play­ers. We cer­tainly have char­ac­ter.”

Dun­can Culley, sec­ond left, is mobbed by his Hayes & Yead­ing team­mates af­ter scor­ing the opener on Satur­day

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