Sep 24 2011 By Chris Slavin
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Hayes and Yeading 2-3 Gateshead
HAYES and Yeading left it just too late at Kingfield today after they threatened to pull off a stunning fightback against Gateshead.
It looked all over for the hosts when Gateshead hot-shot Jon Shaw helped himself to a first-half hat-trick to put the Blue Square Premier high-flyers 3-0 up at the break.
But Louie Soares (pictured) and substitute Tom Collins struck second-half goals that produced a grandstand finish for the crowd of just 218 spectators to enjoy.
Hayes and Yeading's second home defeat in five days was compounded by an injury to goalkeeper Steve Arnold, who was forced off in the first-half and replaced by the veteran Delroy Preddie.
The hosts started brightly with the runs of ex-Aldershot playmaker Soares giving Gateshead something to think about.
But the visitors went ahead against the run of play in the 22nd minute with a goal that was a poor one to concede from a Hayes and Yeading point of view.
The home defence failed to deal with a routine long ball and after a Micky Cummins strike was blocked, Shaw was allowed space to fire past Hayes and Yeading goalkeeper Steve Arnold for the opener.
It could have been two just before the half hour mark when Eddie Odhiambo's cross picked out Cummins in space again and the hosts needed Fraser Franks - maing his debut on loan from AFC Wimbledon - to clear off the line.
There was no reprieve for Hayes and Yeading in the 34th minute though when a quick throw-in from Yemi Obubade found Cummins and he crossed for Shaw to head his second of the match.
Hayes and Yeading suffered another blow a few minutes later when Arnold had to go off after saving another effort from Cummins and he had to be replaced by Preddie.
The match appeared to be over in first-half injury-time when Shaw headed home emphatically for his hat-trick after a free-kick from the left by Chris Carruthers.
Hayes and Yeading boss Nas Bashir sent on Tom Collins as a second-half substitute and he squandered a golden opportunity to get his side back into when he was put clean through, but he failed to find Richard Pacquette for what would have been a tap-in.
However, only a superb point-blank save from Preddie to deny Obubade prevented further embarrassment for Hayes and Yeading.
Soares gave the home faithful something to shout about 20 minutes from time though when he was sent sprawling in the box by Gateshead defender James Curtis and he picked himself up off the floor to blast home the spot-kick.
Youngster Collins made no mistake when put clean through by Joseph-Dubois to strike his first goal for the club seven minutes from time, but Gateshead just held on during five minutes of injury-time.
Hayes and Yeading: Arnold (Preddie), Argent, John, Cadmore, Soares, Crockford, Joseph-Dubois, Wishart (Collins), Bentley, Pacquette (Noble), Franks.
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