Sep 4 2011 By Chris Slavin
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Hayes and Yeading 1-0 Tamworth
RICHARD Pacquette's third goal of the season earned Hayes and Yeading their first win since the opening day of the campaign.
Ex-Maidenhead United and York City striker Pacquette was in the right place yet again today to plunder the points after an assist from the impressive Luke Williams.
Hayes and Yeading boss Nas Bashir made two changes to his side with Curtis Ujah handed his home debut at the back in place of the injured Diak John, while Jack Saville came in for Ryan Crockford and Mark Bentley reverted to his preferred midfield role.
The hosts - playing with renewed confidence after Tuesday night's 2-2 draw with Luton Town - started well and twice could have taken the lead in the fifth minute. Jamie Hand (pictured) forced Tamworth goalkeeper Jonathan Hedge into an early save with a curling effort and then from the subsequent corner, a Cadmore flick-on fell for Mark Bentley at the far post, but he was at full stretch and could only steer the ball wide.
However, Hayes and Yeading failed to really provide the support for lone front-man Richard Pacquette, who appeared isolated for much of the first-half.
Tamworth number one Hedge was only brought into action for a second time in the 35th minute when he made a routine save from a deflected Louie Soares drive.
But his opposite number Steve Arnold, whose man of the match performance against Luton included two penalty saves, was not tested once in an dismal first 45 minutes.
Hayes and Yeading started the second-half with greater drive and they were rewarded in the 48th minute when Williams crossed from the left and Pacquette smashed the ball home for a fine poacher's goal.
The hosts missed a golden opportunity to double their advantage shortly afterwards though when Pacquette and Williams combined again to put Dubois through, but he sliced his finish wide.
Arnold was finally called into action in the 57th minute when he did well to hold onto a 25-yard volley from Iyseden Christie.
Going behind finally stirred Tamworth into producing an attacking threat and Arnold had to make a good save to stop a Danny Thomas header from conjuring an equaliser after a Sam Habergham cross.
Soares and substitute Ryan Crockford both came close to a second, but one was enough to seal a vital three points for Hayes and Yeading ahead of tough away trips to Grimsby Town and Darlington.
Hayes and Yeading: Arnold, Hand, Cadmore, Saville, Soares, Joseph-Dubois (Wishart), Williams, Bentley, Pacquette (Elder), Bayley, Ujah (Crockford).
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