BLUE SQUARE SOUTH: Worcester City 0 Hayes & Yeading United 3
Honest Hayes & Yeading United skipper Nevin Saroya admitted Garry Haylock was right to drop him, after he watched his team-mates storm to an impressive 3-0 win at Worcester City.
After two false starts United finally got their season under way when the manager switched to a four-man defence, gave debuts to new signings Matt Ruby and Neil Martin and started with Esmond James and Josh Scott, and his changes paid dividend from the outset.
Will Hendry and Scott put the visitors well in control inside the first quarter and Scott Fitzgerald opened his account for the club in the second half to complete a hugely encouraging afternoon.
Saroya refused to duck the issue, saying: "I haven't been up to scratch to be honest.
"I'm not fit at the moment and the gaffer's already pulled me on that and I can't really complain.
"We went to Bath and I injured my toe and missed two weeks training and I've been set back by that.
"Unfortunately I had my chance to stay in the team and I didn't really perform.
"It may be a case of taking a week off to get fit and then try and push for a place but obviously if the lads keep going like Saturday it'll be hard to get back in.
"My main concern as captain is for the team to do well and Matt came in and was one of the better players although all around we did well.
"He had a solid game and that shows in the clean sheet."
United had the ball in the net as early as the fifth minute when James converted the rebound after Danny McDonnell saved Will Hendry's long shot, but the 18-year-old was flagged offside.
They only had to another two minutes before scoring legitimately.
Ram Marwa chased a seemingly lost cause to dispossess Shabir Khan on the right, James collected the loose ball, fed Hendry and the midfielder, playing just off lone striker Fitzgerald, controlled the ball before coolly finding the far corner.
Ruby forced McDonnell into an acrobatic save to tip over his header and Marwa fired over from the resulting corner and midway through the half United doubled the lead.
Hendry took a free kick before Worcester could organise themselves and Marwa nicked the ball past the keeper who tripped him. Scott confidently converted from 12 yards.
Both keepers made smart saves before half-time but neither side looked like troubling the scorers until the 70th minute when, on a quick counter attack, Fitzgerald ran at the home defence.
He looked like he was losing momentum but a clever turn allowed him the space to score under McDonnell.
United might have added a fourth when Hendry headed just over from Steven Gregory's free kick and a Fitzgerald header was kept out by McDonnell's reaction save, while the clean sheet was ensured when Marco Adaggio headed just wide from a Jamie Price corner.
UNITED: Preddie, Allen-Page, Martin, Cad-more, Ruby, Marwa, James, Gregory, Fitzgerald (Knight 84), Hendry (Palmer 78), Scott (Mulley 70). Subs not used: Saroya, Howe. Goals, Worcester: None. United: Hendry 7; Scott 21 (pen); Fitzgerald 70. Att: 824.