Hayes & Yeading’s poor run of games continued into the Christmas period as Wealdstone came out as 1-0 winners at the Vale on Saturday.
Phil Babb’s men have only managed one win of their last eight games and have seen their FA Trophy run come to an abrupt end.
The hosts started on the front foot and came close to giving themselves a treasured lead after the visitors’ left back, Adam Everitt, nearly directed a header into his own net.
But it took Hayes & Yeading 20 minutes to create a golden chance; Isaac Layne cannoning his low shot off the post after Grant Smith’s punt undone the Stones.
Minutes later Shaun Lucien tricked and weaved his way into the away team’s box before beating his opponent and dinking a ball into striker Jonny Wright, however his header rattled the crossbar.
Considering both teams found it hard to get the ball down and play, Gordon Bartlett’s men created more chances and really tested the back four of Hayes & Yeading.
Wealdstone then came out on the offensive in the early stages of the second half but their pressure came to no avail.
Then just after the hour mark Stones’ striker Scott McGleish suffered a serious-looking head injury forcing him off with and Richard Jolly on with time still to play.
But the deadlock was finally broken in the 74th minute through Wealdstone captain Wes Parker.
Ryan Watts delivering a corner to the near post which Tom Hamblin connected with for his header hit the post, but the defender was sharp enough to cross in the rebound for his centre-back pairing to bundle home.
The visitors didn’t really display a response, as the fresh legs of Rhys Murrell-Williamson caused problems down the left for Bartlett’s men but chances were scarce.
Six minutes were later shown by the fourth official yet with Wealdstone playing on the counter-attack Hayes & Yeading couldn’t conjure up one last hurrah, and failed to force a replay, much to the disappointment of their travelling fans.
Babb’s men will feel as though this was a winnable game and a chance to give their club something to look forward to, while Wealdstone continue a fantastic run of games after a slow start.
Meanwhile, Stones have this week signed Jefferson Louis from Vanarama Conference North side Lowestoft Town.