Hayes & Yeading's unbeaten start to the campaign ended on Monday evening as United were beaten 3-0 by a very good Bedfont Sports side.
United stopper Lewis Lavin was in action as early as the fifth minute when a perfect pass sent Michael Goddard through on goal, the United 'keeper quickly getting down low to grab the ball from the strikers' feet and then just a few minutes later Lavin was again well positioned to hold a 20 yard shot from Alfie Lal.
United's first opening was a minute later as Ben Bell spread the ball wide to Jhamar McDonald, his cross was only cleared as far as skipper Romey Meoded but his effort was a little too high to trouble George Gay in the home goal.
Play quickly switched to the other end as Lal picked up the ball on the left, his pass into the middle found Freddie Solly but Lavin was well placed to hold on to his shot and within a minute a United break saw Tom Barrett collect the ball just outside the Bedfont area, his low shot going inches wide of the target.
A chance at each end came on 22 minutes, firstly for the home side Goddard broke away on the right and despite looking somewhat offside the assistant's flag stayed down and the striker advanced into the area only to be denied by Lavin who was quickly down at his feet to gather. Play quickly moved to the other end with McDonald racing away on the left before hitting a dipping shot that glanced over off the top of the Sports crossbar.
The breakthrough came in somewhat fortunate fashion on 28 minutes when a defensive clearance from just outside the Sports area seemed to fly through all and sundry in the middle of the park leaving Goddard to run through on the United goal, the striker showing good composure to move around Lavin's dive and roll the ball home.
United maybe should have drawn level just three minutes later as Bell collected a throughball and as Gay came out from his goal the United striker chipped the ball past him but also wide of the target and shortly after another chance for United saw Riordon Brant pick out Tom Barrett on the right but his shot just too high.
The home side were to double their advantage a minute before the break when Kelvin Amaefule rose highest to power home a header from a corner and while United did create another chance before the half-time whistle, Meoded's shot was deflected wide of the target and the half closed with the hosts two goals to the good.
The hosts were quickly out of the blocks in the second half and with just two minutes played David Robinson raced on to a long ball over the United defence but again Lavin was quickly down to save at close quarters.
Just before the hour mark Harley Sells got his head to a Barrett cross but after having to stretch could not keep his effort down and this was followed by a 20 yard Meoded free-kick that Gay held comfortably.
United were still looking to pull themselves back into the game despite the home side having the bulk of the possession, on 63 minutes Brant ran at the home defence, his 20 yard shot flew past Gay before coming back into play off the post with Sells firing the rebound over the top.
The hosts virtually put the game beyond doubt soon after when the impressive Robinson collected a quick throw in the right channel before firing a shot from an acute angle across Lavin into the far corner of the United net.
Tired legs then started to show with little being created at either end until the final couple of minutes when both sides could have got on the scoresheet. Firstly the home side broke free on the left with the ball being pulled back to substitute Amara Chukwunta who fired over the top and with play quickly changing ends Barrett and Barney Stewart combined on the left with the latter feeding the ball inside to Meoded but with his shot also being too high the game closed out on a 3-0 victory for the hosts.
Report by Kevin Watts.
United Man of the Match: Lewis Lavin.