Sep 4 2010 By Chris Slavin
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Hayes & Yeading United 1-2 Histon
HAYES & Yeading United were brought down to earth after their heroics at Luton Town with a disappointing defeat by lowly Histon today.
The hosts failed to make the most of their first-half domination and allowed the men from Cambridgeshire to come from behind and secure the points.
Just 359 spectators turned up at Church Road for what had been billed as a nationwide “Non League Day” with no Premier League or Championship action.
But the United faithful should have been cheering a few goals by half-time such was the home side's first-half superiority.
However, United were lucky not to be behind inside three minutes when only a Bradley Pritchard header off the line stopped Omer Riza from opening the scoring.
But that served only to fire the hosts into action and they responded by creating two clear-cut chances of their own, first when Michael Malcolm shot just over after good work by Elliott Buchanan.
James Mulley then found himself clean through, but he shot straight into the grateful arms of Histon number one Joe Welch.
However, there was no reprieve for the visitors in the 15th minute when Buchanan notched his first goal for United in fine style, the striker sliding in at the near post to divert Adam Green's (pictured) superb cross into the back of the net.
Histon stunned United with a goal against the run of play in the 34th minute through Antonio Murray, who produced a superb finish from an acute angle after latching onto an Erkan Okay through ball.
And the hosts were made to pay for not taking their first-half chances when Histon grabbed the lead five minutes into the second-half.
The home defence allowed Riza to charge right through the middle and after Tom Cadmore failed to clear, Danny Mills was sent sprawling by Josh Lennie with Riza making no mistake from the penalty spot.
United should have been level just a few minutes later though when Pritchard sent over a teasing cross that a sliding Mulley could only divert over the crossbar.
It should have been all over for the hosts though when Riza beat Lennie to a through ball, but he fired over with the goal at his mercy.
The hosts struggled to recapture their first-half superiority and Histon held on comfortably with only both Green and Buchanan testing Welch in the second-half and Peter Holmes chipping just over in injury-time.
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