Hayes & Yeading's two main strikers both netted themselves a hat-trick at the QEII Stadium as Isthmian Premier side Enfield Town were taken to task by Paul Hughes' side in the latest pre-season outing for United.
With both sides fielding strong starting XI's it was Paul Hughes' side that started the quicker. With just seven minutes played a loose ball on the right was collected by Francis Amartey, the United striker advancing into the Town area but his shot was too high to trouble Nathan MacDonald in the hosts goal.
Just three minutes later though United were deservedly ahead. Hassan Jalloh collected the ball on the edge of the Town box, danced his way through a number of attempted tackles before laying the ball left to Moses Emmanuel who stroked it past MacDonald into the far corner.
Emmanuel and Amartey combined soon after with the latter seeing his shot go just the wrong side of the upright before a rare chance from nothing for the home side saw Percy Kiangebeni hit a long range skidder that young United 'keeper Lewis Lavin did well to push out with the stopper quickly up again to touch a follow-up from Mo Faal around the post at point blank range.
In the 25th minute Amos Nasha appeared to be felled just inside the Town box only for referee Walsh to award United a free-kick. Jake Sheppard took charge, firing his shot past the wall only for the ball to cannon back off the crossbar before eventually being hacked clear.
Four minutes later the hosts were level however as a chip over the United defence found Sam Youngs and as Lavin came out toward him, the Enfield man executed a perfect lob over him into the vacant United net.
The home side pulling level seemed to reignite the flame for United as six goals were to follow for the visitors in less than 30 minutes either side of the break. The first of these came on 32 minutes as a long Lavin kick was flicked on by Keano Robinson on the right flank, Amartey collected the ball and outpaced former United defender Harold Joseph before coolly slotting the ball home through MacDonald's legs.
United were now on the charge, Amartey had a shot that deflected to Emmanuel at the far post, the striker's volley being blocked away by MacDonald and just moments later United had three. A forward pass found Sheppard in a central position, his instant flick took the ball to Emmanuel who coolly lifted it over the dive of MacDonald into the Town net.
Two minutes before the break it was 4-1. Jalloh played a quick corner to Amartey, the striker slipping past his marker before again putting the ball through MacDonald's legs, this time from a very acute angle and it was the hosts who were most happy to hear the half-time whistle soon after.
The second half didn't start much better for the home side as just three minutes after the re-start United had a fifth as Jalloh collected the ball 20 yards from goal, his quick turn opening up a shooting chance that he took with his effort looping off a defender into the top corner giving McDonald no chance.
Soon after Lavin was called into action at the other end as a long MacDonald punt fell nicely to Faal, the striker outpacing the United defence but his low shot was poorly struck and subsequently held by the diving Lavin.
On 55 minutes Amartey ran onto a neat throughball and flicked the ball past the diving MacDonald to complete his hat-trick and just three minutes later Emmanuel did the same as Amartey collected the ball, turned his marker and fed it to his strike partner who slotted home his third and United's seventh of the game with just over an hour still to be played.
With both sides now starting to make changes, the game failed to flow in the way it had for the first hour and the only real chance in the final thirty minutes fell to United on 78 minutes when substitute Jamie Hanlon let fly from 20 yards, MacDonald did well to push the effort away but only as far as Amartey who saw his shot deflect wide. The resultant corner was flicked toward his own goal by a Town defender but his blushes were saved as MacDonald pulled off an excellent reaction save to push the ball up and away from his goal.
We thank our hosts for the workout and wish them well for the coming campaign.
Report by Kevin Watts.
Photos by Andy Corbett.
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