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Hayes & Yeading & Hartley Wintney Take Closer Order

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With leaders AFC Rushden & Diamonds` game against play-off chasing AFC Dunstable postponed on Tuesday night due to a waterlogged Hayden Road pitch, focus of attention fell on Hayes & Yeading United and Hartley Wintney as they looked to make up ground on the top two.

And Hayes & Yeading slipped into third spot, a point behind second-placed Beaconsfield Town and nine of Diamonds, after a comprehensive 4-1 win at fourth-bottom Hanwell Town.

Manny Duku gave Hayes & Yeading a 15th minute lead and it was 2-0 on 26 minutes, thanks to Scott Donnelly.

Duku grabbed his second to make the points safe on 63 minutes and, after Peter Dean had reduced the deficit 4 minutes later, Laste Domaxe added a fourth, with Hanwell finishing with ten-men after a red card for Anthony O`Connor in the 80th minute

Hartley Wintney are level on points with Hayes & Yeading after winning 3-0 at Calthorpe Park against third-bottom Fleet Town.

Two goals in 6 minutes just before half-time from Paul Hodges and Steve Duff put the visitors in control.

Recent signing Nic Ciardini added Hartley Wintney`s third in the 69th minute

Kempston Rovers are eighth and waiting on any slip-ups on those above them after winning 3-1 at the Runnymede Stadium against Egham Town.

Seb Simpson gave the Walnut Boys an early 7th minute lead that Ben Acquaye doubled on the half-hour mark.

Brendan Matthew reduced the arrears 11 minutes into the second half, but a third from sub Jake Newman 3 minutes into stoppage time ensured victory for the visitors.

A goal a minute from time sealed Marlow`s win over fifth-bottom Aylesbury FC.

Kameron English grabbed the hosts all-important winner.


About Author

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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