Jan 24 2012 By Chris Slavin
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Hayes and Yeading 3-2 Darlington
HAYES and Yeading silenced the majority of the 550 crowd at Kingfield tonight by adding to crisis-club Darlington's woes.
Darlington, who only survived liquidation by the skin of their teeth last Wednesday, were brushed aside, with goals from Louie Soares, Daniel Wishart (pictured) and Tom Collins earning relegation-haunted Hayes and Yeading's first win since December 6.
Darlington's faithful turned out in force and it almost felt like a home game for the visitors, who were also supported by their ex-goalkeeper David Stockdale, now on loan at Ipswich Town from Fulham.
Stockdale has boosted the Darlington fund-raising effort by auctioning off his old Darlington and Fulham shirts to raise money for the club and bucket collections were also made at Woking's Kingfield, the temporary home of Hayes.
But Nas Bashir's side had to concentrate themselves amid all the publicity about Darlington's plight and they did a professional job in the circumstances to earn Hayes and Yeading's first home win since October 11.
The hosts were gifted the perfect start in the fourth minute when Darlington goalkeeper Jordan Pickford won the race for a long ball over the top, but needlessly brought down Julian Owusu in the process and Louie Soares found the top corner from 12 yards.
It got even better for the hosts less than two minutes later, but this time Hayes and Yeading needed no help from the opposition as Daniel Wishart let fly with a superb 25-yard drive that left Pickford with no chance.
Both goals were greeted with near silence as they were scored into the end packed with Darlington fans, who turned out in force for what could be the club's final away game if their reprieve from liquidation is unsuccessful.
At this stage, the visitors needed more than the Darlington FC Rescue Group to save them as Hayes and Yeading threatened to run riot.
In-form Soares was rampant in the early exchanges with his darting runs and his set-piece deliveries were also a threat, in particular one teasing cross that Phil Walsh should have done better with from close range.
However, the Craig Liddle's men did start to come into it as the half wore on and John McReady fired a warning to the hosts when he powered clean through, but his angled shot was just wide.
It should have been 3-0 though just before the break when Tom Collins and Soares combined to set-up Yassin Moutaouakil at the far post, but he fired a powerful shot straight at Pickford.
The visitors came so close to earning a lifeline when Kris Taylor's header was cleared off the line by Moutaouakil, but Hayes and Yeading sealed it on the hour.
It was a fine goal too from the home side's perspective as Tom Collins turned inside and fired a low drive past Pickford from the edge of the area.
The visitors did get one back in the 81st minute consolation when Jamie Barton's cross deceived Hayes and Yeading goalkeeper Carl Pentney and went in via a post.
And they scored another in the final minute of injury-time when Ryan Bowman's shot was deflected in by Moutaouakil, via substitute Jordan Rose, to earn a second goal that flattered the visitors.
Only time will tell if the result was meaningless as Darlington have until next week to save their club.
Hayes and Yeading: Pentney, Moutaouakil, Hand, Cadmore, Owusu (Ajala), Soares (Folkes), Wishart, Pele, Lee (Rose), Collins, Walsh.
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