Hayes & Yeading made it nine goals in two games as Paul Hughes’ side scored a 4-0 victory over Winchester City at the SKYex on Saturday in the first ever meeting of the two clubs.
With the Manager having the rare luxury of being able to field the same starting XI two games running, United got off to the perfect start with a goal in just the second minute. Reece Cole’s corner kick dropping nicely to Jerry Wiltshire in the box and he fired home with the aid of a slight deflection which left City ‘keeper Charlie Philpott flatfooted as the ball hit the back of the net.
In the eighth minute the visitors Henry Brooks collected the ball in the right channel and struck a shot from just inside the box that Dan Wilks dealt with fairly comfortably and then within a minute United had another at the opposite end. Hassan Jalloh fed the ball forwards to Moses Emmanuel and with a quick turn he made space to fire into the corner of the City net for his 51st United goal.
On 18 minutes United were indebted to Wiltshire at his more usual defensive end of the field, Simba Mlambo found space on the left side, his centre was tipped away by Wilks but only as far as Brooks who headed goalwards only for Wiltshire to acrobatically head the ball away from under his own crossbar.
Emmanuel almost had a second on the half hour mark, having exchanged passes with Jalloh he created a shooting chance from the left side but on this occasion he could only find the side netting of the visitors goal.
Soon after Wilks was needed to maintain the two goal advantage, a long throw-in from the left was flicked on the Jamie Barron at the far post, his shot being pushed wide by the on-loan United stopper.
A couple of half chances came United’s way in first half added time. Stan Flaherty collected the ball and advanced before seeing his 20 yard effort saved by Philpott and soon after the ball was lofted over the City defence to Emmanuel who saw his attempted lob clear Philpott only to sail marginally wide of the target and it was to be a two goal lead for United at the interval.
The visitors came out quickly in the second half and with less than ten minutes played a brace of shots in the United box from IK Hill and then Barron were both well blocked by the United defence with a third effort being deflected over the top. The resultant corner kick by Barron was headed goalwards with another goal line clearance being required, this time Cameron Green doing well to head the ball off the line.
With an hour played City substitute Warren Bentley fired in a 20 yard free-kick that only just cleared the angle of the United goal and having weathered the storm United added a third six minutes later, Taylor Miles brought the ball forwards before sending Flaherty through with a slide rule pass and the on-loan QPR man made no mistake as he slotted the ball past the on-coming Philpott for his first United goal.
This third for United seemed to knock the stuffing out of the visitors who from there on rarely threatened the United goal and with just four minutes to play Miles again charged forwards and found Amos Nasha, he in turn played the ball to Adam Liddle on the right and he celebrated his return from suspension by superbly crashing home his first United goal from a tight angle.
No further goals were to come although a minute later United fans would have been happy to see a return to the field for Jamie Hanlon who had been out of action since getting injured over a year ago and his return is a credit to all of the hard work and effort he has put in to get back on the pitch, onwards and upwards.
Report by Kevin Watts.
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