Sep 26 2012 By Matt Lewis
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Chertsey Town 0-1 AFC Hayes
AFC Hayes forward Lawrie Shennan came up with a late winner to steal all three points at Chertsey Town on Saturday.
Shennan struck three minutes from time to snatch a hard-fought victory for Ian Crane’s determined team at Alwyns Lane.
Both keepers were rendered virtually redundant in the first-half as neither side made an impact, the best chances falling to Chertsey’s Rob Carr and Jermiele Johnson, who both missed the target.
An injury forced Aban Majeed off at half-time and Crane brought on Jack Reader as a replacement, forcing frontman Shennan to drop deeper back into midfield.
The change of formation seemed to work and Hayes started to enjoy more possession after the interval.
Reader was unlucky not to break the deadlock on the hour as his header beat the Curfews’ keeper but rebounded off the crossbar.
Chertsey’s John Pomroy then somehow managed to blaze over from 10 yards when it seemed the net was set to bulge – a wake up call for the Brook.
Pomroy’s miss seemed to spur on Hayes as they searched for a winner in Surrey, scrapping for every ball as the three points remained within reach.
And with time running out, Jordan Willis broke free from his marker and crossed superbly for Shennan, leaving the striker to head home the winner with three minutes to spare.
It was too late for the Curfews to respond and Hayes held on for a vital victory.
The Brook entertain Beaconsfield at Farm Park this Saturday.
Meanwhile, Uxbridge who were without a game on Saturday, were due to visit North Greenford United last night (Tuesday).