Apr 9 2012 By Matt Lewis
Luton Town 4 Hayes & Yeading 2
HAYES & Yeading’s survival hopes took another dent as they were brushed aside by play-off chasing Luton Town this afternoon.
Danny Wishart’s fifth of the season and a Janos Kovacs own-goal were not enough as Stuart Fleetwood bagged a brace and Andre Gray and Keith Keane got on the scoresheet for the Hatters.
Wishart (pictured) forced Mark Tyler into a stunning reflex save on 10 minutes after the striker spun away from his marker and let fly from the edge of the area.
But just two minutes later it was the Hatters who took the lead as Fleetwood danced his way through the United defence before drilling the ball into the bottom corner.
The visitors’ early promise appeared to be evaporating as Andre Gray went close with a header for Luton, however the momentum would shift back in United’s favour seconds later.
Again it was Wishart who was causing problems, this time lurking at the back post, to bundle in a scrappy equaliser with 20 minutes gone.
Mark Bentley, restored to the starting line-up today, almost put United in front when he scraped the outside of the post after a flick-on from Aiden O’Brien.
However, it was the hosts who retook the lead just before the interval when Gray crossed for Fleetwood and the Hatters striker’s volley cannoned in off the underside of the bar.
Having conceded just before the break, United would have wanted to keep possession and try to regain a foothold in the match after the restart.
But they did the unthinkable with the half just seven minutes old, allowing Keane to slide in at the back stick and give the Hatters a two-goal cushion.
Despite being given a mountain to climb, United’s responded immediately, pulling a goal back when another O’Brien flick on was turned into his own net by Kovacs.
But the United comeback was halted as the clock ticked past the 70 minute mark, with Fleetwood this time turning provider for Gray who smashed Luton’s fourth into the top corner.
The Hatters were flying and Alex Lawless, Kovacs and Robbie Willmott all wasted opportunities to extend the lead at Kenilworth Road.
Lawless was becoming increasingly influential in the centre of the park, breaking forward and striking the foot of the post with another effort.
At the other end, Wishart sent a Jamie Hand cross sailing over the bar and with it went United’s hopes of snatching anything from the game.
The result leaves Nas Bashir’s men anchored in the relegation zone, four points adrift of 20th placed Telford.
Hayes & Yeading: Arnold, Argent, Cadmore, Pele, Spence, Williams, Hand, Bentley (Warren, 77), Mingoia (Collins, 73), Wishart, O’Brien (Walsh, 58).
Subs (not used): Beasant, Owusu.