Jan 30 2013 By Matt Lewis
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Boreham Wood 3-0 Hayes & Yeading
SKIPPER Sam Cox branded Hayes and Yeading’s second-half performance at Boreham Wood as ‘unacceptable’.
The United midfielder was unable to prevent his side from suffering a third defeat this season at the hands of his old club.
Three goals after the interval at Meadow Park secured the points for Wood on Monday night.
This result, as well as Saturday’s 2-2 stalemate with Bath City, means Cox’s troops remain six points shy of the play-off places and the Hayes and Yeading captain says that is not good enough.
“We held our own in the first half,” said Cox. “The shape we used was a bit different and it seemed to be working at first.
“In the second half they just bombarded us and it was like men against boys. It’s unacceptable because they are our closest rivals.
“They’ve beaten us three times now and sent a message out that they are hungry to get into the play-offs. I think we needed to do the same.
“We appreciate the fans that came down, they don’t deserve a performance like that in the second half.”
The match was in doubt before kick-off when a torrential downpour forced a last-minute pitch inspection at Meadow Park.
With the referee satisfied the game was given the green light, but Hayes and Yeading will have wished the rain had continued.
To rub salt into the wound, it was Michael Thalassitis who opened the scoring early in the second-half – a player United boss Nas Bashir tried to bring back to Kingfield last week.
Wood skipper Mario Noto added a second from the penalty spot just five minutes later and Graeme Montgomery made it three after the hour mark.
It was a dreadful second-half for Bashir’s side and the misery was compounded by a late red card for Kudus Oyenuga, which will earn him a three-match ban.
Oyenuga will not want to face the Wood again in a hurry as he was also sent off in the 3-2 FA Cup defeat to them at Kingfield back in October.