Hanwell Town 1 Hayes & Yeading 4
By Clive Cooke
A number of factors combined to ensure Hanwell’s defeat against their promotion-chasing local rivals. Firstly it was Town’s first game since February 24th. Secondly a number of regulars were unavailable and thirdly the opposition were match-fit, having not suffered a series of postponements. That being said, Hanwell started brightly and, in the first minute, threatened the H&Y goal, when a low cross from Charlie Mitchell needed to be scrambled away. However, as the half progressed the visitors had more and more possession and were playing the game increasingly in Hanwell’s half. They went close when playmaker Scott Donnelly forced a save from Sam Bunting and five minutes later, on the quarter hour mark, the same player put Manny Duku through to score.
Hanwell responded to the setback and Charlie had a good effort saved by Zaki Qualah in the visitors’ goal. Town then won and wasted two corners that were both curled directly out of play. The visitors made Hanwell pay for the profligacy when an intricate move led to Donnelly doubling their advantage in the twenty-sixth minute. The rest of the first half saw Hanwell retaining more possession but the only clear-cut chance came when Dan Fleming headed narrowly over from Calum Duffy’s deep cross. Meanwhile, Nick Turner had done extremely well to intercept a low ball into Town’s area that looked destined to be slid into the goal.
Manager Ray Duffy made two substitutions at half-time in an effort to turn the game round and Town began well. A shot from Charlie was turned behind by Qualah which led to a series of three well-taken corners, each of which led to H&Y scrambling the ball away from the danger area. As the hour approached Charlie, now playing wing-back, sent over a cross that Anthony O’Connell met well but put just over the bar. Five minutes later the visitors scored the vital ‘next goal’. A Hanwell clearance was controlled by Adam Cash who went on a fifty-yard cross-field surge. He laid the ball off to Duku who scored from the edge of the area.
There looked to be no way back for Hanwell but three minutes later, in the sixty-sixth, Charlie’s free-kick was firmly headed into the net by substitute Peter Dean. Hanwell’s hopes of a comeback however when Laste Dombaxe bundled the ball into the net to restore the visitors’ advantage. Things got worse for Hanwell when Anthony dived in for a ball that was running away from him and was adjudged to have committed a foul worthy of a red card. To their credit, Hanwell’s ten men kept seeking to reduce the arrears and both Harvey Killeen and Dan went close to doing so before the final whistle.
TEAM: 1.Sam Bunting 2.Calum Duffy 3.Mason Welch-Turner (12.Peter Dean 46) 4.Oliver Duffy © 5.Nick Turner (14.Chris Moore 79) 6.Wayne Carter 7.Jarmal Joseph (15.Mergim Qarri 46) 8.Harvey Killeen 9.Dan Fleming 10.Anthony O’Connor 11.Charlie Mitchell. Unused substitutes: 16.Chris Mills 17.Ricky Pither.