Dec 3 2012 By Guy Martin
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Hayes & Yeading United 1-3 AFC Hornchurch
A SPINELESS Hayes & Yeading United performance saw them lose 3-1 at home to struggling AFC Hornchurch on Saturday.
Desperately poor defending allowed the visitors to race to a 2-0 lead within 15 minutes of a first half they dominated but even when United scored in the 58th minute they could not sustain a comeback and conceded again late on.
Manager Nas Bashir had made a couple of changes in leaving out the experienced duo of Pelé, struggling with an achilles problem, and Mark Bentley.
The young defence looked all at sea from the outset, and within five minutes Hornchurch had been gifted an opener.
Keeper Brandon Hall tried to pass it out from a goal kick and as Hayes & Yeading failed to clear their lines, Hornchurch's Lewis Smith robbed the ball and centred for Leon McKenzie to finish with ease.
Another chance was presented to Smith moments later and though he failed to take it, in the 15th minute his side was two up as a deflected cross fell for Frankie Curley to fire home.
Hayes & Yeading failed to muster an effort on target in the half, not managing a shot at all until 30 minutes in, with Hornchurch out-battling them in all areas of the pitch.
A sudden burst of good football from Bashir's side saw Tobi Joseph (pictured) head in Yassan Moutaouakil's cross after 12 second-half minutes, though that and a series of substitutions could not make a telling difference and it was well-deserved when McKenzie sealed the win for Hornchurch in injury time.