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Hayes & Yeading Gain Vital Win

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Friday night saw a vital game in the battle to avoid relegation from the Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division.

It was at Beaconsfield SYCOB`s Holloways Park where tenants Hayes & Yeading United hosted fellow strugglers St Neots Town.

The Saints came into the game bouyed by a good win at King`s Lynn Town on Tuesday night, while United hadn`t won in their last four matches and had been hammered 6-0 at `home` by Biggleswade Town last weekend.

However, the form book counted for nothing as Hayes & Yeading, looking to avoid a second successive relegation, earned three crucial points with a 2-0 victory.

The home side took a 35th minute lead when Saints` keeper Alex Archer`s poor punch out was seized upon by Connor Toomey, who scored with a sublime finish.

And right on half-time, the hosts gained a vital second after another defensive error let in Tom Broadbent.

The second half saw the visitors produce little – indeed they failed to have a shot on target for the entire 90-plus minutes.

The win lifts Hayes & Yeading to fourth-bottom, two points behind the safety-mark, while the Saints have a six-point cushion over United, but have only five games remaining.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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