Hayes & Yeading United Football Club

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Metropolitan Police 2
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Hayes & Yeading closed out the decade with a less than impressive result as Paul Hughes’ understrength side went down 2-0 at the SKYex courtesy of early strikes from Jack Mazzone and Alex Fisher for the visitors.

Despite the current decent run of form, United, with five regular starters unavailable for various reasons, struggled to get a grip on the game from the off against Metropolitan Police who almost had the lead after just 15 seconds when a United clearance ricocheted straight to Lewis Beale in the box but under pressure from Afolabi Coker, he skied his shot without troubling Jack Smith in the United goal.

Still the visitors from Imber Court pushed against the reshuffled United back line. In the fourth minute George Frith played the ball nicely across the park to top scorer Jack Mazzone, his shot from just inside the area being pushed wide by Smith. After several attempts to clear away the resultant corner, the ball dropped to Ryan De Havilland in space on the side of the box, his centre being met by Oliver Robinson but his shot was held by Smith.

The goal that had been coming for the visitors arrived just two minutes later as Fisher collected the ball wide on the left, his low driven centre being flicked past Smith by Mazzone from the edge of the six yard box.

Struck by this blow, United finally found some forwards momentum and with just 9 minutes played Johnville Renee broke free on the right wing, his centre picked out Toby Little who saw his shot blocked by a defender with the ball running to James Clark who was inches wide from the edge of the Met Police box.

Just two minutes later United almost had a freak equaliser when Robinson’s attempted clearance was blocked by Ogo Obi and despite the ball flying over ‘keeper Rhys Forster, it also sailed wide of the target.

On 17 minutes another goal came for the visitors. United backtracked having conceded a free-kick on the side of the area, Fisher stepped up and fired the ball low through a gaggle of players and seemingly without a touch from anyone the ball ended up nestling in the back of the United net and the visitors were now two goals to the good.

As the first half continued United put together some more pressure looking to get back in the game before the break. Forster was forced to stop his own defender Lucas Ness from scoring an own goal in the 22nd minute, the defender heading a long Keano Robinson throw-in backwards but Forster was alert and tipped the ball over before calmly claiming the ball from the resultant corner.

Shortly after Callum Buckley found Obi on the edge of the Police area, his low drive on the turn was spilled by Forster but he was up again quickly to grab the loose ball as Buchanan closed in at pace. On the half hour mark Forster again fumbled, this time from a 25 yard Jake Sheppard free-kick but again the stopper was quick to jump on the loose ball, this time as Obi closed in.

Shortly after good work from Sheppard and Buchanan set up a shooting chance for Clark but he was marginally off target and within a minute at the other end United were thankful to Smith as Beale broke away on the right side, his shot from just inside the corner of the box being blocked away by the outstretched boot of the United number 1.

The final two minutes of the first half saw a chance apiece go begging. Firstly for the visitors when Beale met a Zack Chislett centre only to head wide from eight yards out and then at the other end Coker met a Little free-kick but his header was straight at Forster and the half closed out with the visitors having a two goal advantage.

With Paul Hughes’ squad stretched to the limit, a change was required and at the break Renee was replaced by Connor Toomey in what has become a familiar of late, a second half re-shuffle.

While United were still “re-shuffling” the visitors almost notched a third in the 48th minute as Frith broke free on the right and charged at the United box, his low driven shot beating Smith only to come back off the post to Fisher who thankfully for United fired his shot straight at Smith who grasped the ball thankfully.

In fairness the final half of the decade for United was to prove a rather languid affair as the game seemed to just drift away with little to trouble either ‘keeper.

On or around the hour mark United created a brace of half chances without managing to reduce the deficit. Aaron McCreadie, Little and Sheppard combined well with Clark heading over the latter’s cross and within a minute another Sheppard cross was met in the middle, this time by Buchanan but his header also missed the target.

With the visitors happily holding on to what they had already earned and replying on the quick break, the only other real chances of the game fell to the home side, albeit 20 minutes apart.

On 63 minutes Buchanan slid the ball forwards to Little, the United man making his 180th appearance for the club, being denied by Forster’s outstretched boot that took the ball out for a corner which again the visiting stopper easily claimed in the centre.

Twenty minutes later Little played the ball across the field to Obi, United’s top scorer cutting inside and hitting a low shot that Forster grabbed at the second attempt and that was it for the decade and all that is left for me is to wish all of our supporters a Happy New Year, let’s start the ‘20’s right with a win at Farnborough on New Years Day.

Report by Kevin Watts.

Photos by Ray Peploe.

Sponsors United Man of the Match: Toby Little.

Print the Teamsheet: Here.

Hayes & Yeading United
Metropolitan Police
Jack Smith
Half-Time: 0-2

Full-Time: 0-2

Referee: Mr C Bullock

Attendance: 221


Hayes & Yeading United:

Metropolitan Police:
Mazzone (6)
Fisher (17)

Rhys Forster
Johnville Renee
Zack Chislett
Callum Buckley
Jeremy Arthur
Keano Robinson ©
Lucas Ness
Afolabi Coker
© Oliver Robinson
Aaron McCreadie
Louis Birch
James Clark
Alex Fisher
Jake Sheppard
Ryan De Havilland
Elliott Buchanan
Jack Mazzone
Ogo Obi
George Frith
Toby Little
Lewis Beale
Joe Weight
Luke Robertson (for Mazzone, 89)
Andrew McCorkell
Kai Hamilton
Scott Donnelly (for McCreadie, 82)
Tyrique Clarke
Connor Toomey (for Renee, 46)
Hani Berchiche
Ross Murdoch (for Beale, 89)
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