Hayes & Yeading's 100% start to the season rolled on through a seventh League game but it took a 25 yard screamer from Jordan Norville-Williams to seperate the sides that currently sit top and bottom of the Southern Premier South.
After a few minutes sizing each other up, the visitors created the first opening of the match in the sixth minute as a neat pass up the Kings Langley left side found Leo Farruch, his deep cross over the United defence was met sweetly on the volley by Louis Yamfam but the effort was blocked wide by a timely intervention from Jordan Norville-Williams.
A few minutes later at the other end a quickly taken Hassan Jalloh corner flew low across the visitors six yard box and with no touch forthcoming in the middle the ball ran away beyond the far post.
In the 17th minute a well struck free-kick from the visitors Alfie Williams was pushed away by Ravan Constable to former United striker Saul Williams, his volley forcing an acrobatic tip over by the United stopper. The corner kick was played wide to Farruch who picked out Arel Amu in the United box, the strikers shot on the turn being tipped wide by Constable.
Around the half hour mark Norville-Williams closed down a long ball as the last line of the United outfield defence, he subsequently broke forwards on the righthand side before picking out Omar Rowe in the centre, his low shot from 20 yards was held by visiting 'keeper Liam Studley.
United went close on 38 minutes as Rowe sent Oxford United loanee Tyler Goodrham through in the right channel, the skilful winger fired past the on-coming Studley only for Jorrell Johnson to slide back and clear the ball off the line.
Just before the break Kings skipper, and former United man, Roddy Collins received the ball in the United area after fine work out wide by Yamfam, Saul Williams and Farruch but he rushed his effort and fired high and wide with the break coming soon after with both goals remaining intact.
What was to prove the only goal of the game came 75 seconds into the second half. United advanced from the kick-off and earned a quick throw-in, Keano Robinson's long ball into the box was played clear by the Kings defence but only as far as Norville-Williams who took a touch before sending a fierce shot from fully 25 yards beyond Studley into the visitors net.
Despite United now having the bulk of the ball, it was the visitors who almost drew level in the 53rd minute when the ball was played across the United area to Yamfam, his first effort was pushed out by Constable to the same player who ended the move by blazing the loose ball over the United goal.
United continued to push for more, Samir Bajja found Jalloh in the box but his shot on the turn was deflected the wrong side of the upright and ten minutes later Goodrham broke away up the right wing, rode three tackles to get into the box only for his shot to be blocked away by Studley's outstretched boot.
Shortly after Rowe and Goodrham combined with Rowe heading a bouncing pass into the grasp of Studley and soon after the pair combined again, this time Goodrham was played through only for his effort to be deflected wide by Gary Connolly.
A chance apiece came in the final few minutes, for the visitors the ball broke kindly to Farruch just outside the United area but his frst time effort could only find the side netting of Constables goal while at the other end more good work from Goodrham saw him collect the ball on the right before finding Jalloh in the centre only for his effort to deflect wide of the target and on this occasion United had to settle for victory by a solitary goal but with nearest challengers Gosport and Farnborough dropping points, all in all a good night for Paul Hughes' side.
Report by Kevin Watts.
United Man of the Match: Jordan Norville-Williams.
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