Wealdstone 2-0 Hayes & Yeading United
Jefferson Louis was the dominant force for Wealdstone as Hayes & Yeading failed to deal with the big man’s power and pace in Saturday's west London derby.
Louis created the first and scored the second as the home side came out 2-0 winners, gaining revenge for their county cup defeat five days earlier.
Phil Babb’s Hayes side won in the cup here on Monday night but had no such luck on Saturday, despite dominating the first 25 minutes.
The away side controlled possession in the early exchanges but failed to create any clear-cut opportunities, although they had a succession of corners.
The first flashpoint of the half came when Richard Jolly was tripped on the edge of the box as he raced through on goal. Adam Everitt was cautioned for the offence, despite red card appeals from fans and players alike.
Luke O’Nein had the first shot on target in the 28 minute as the ball fell to him in the box but Calum Kitscha pulled of an excellent reaction save in the Hayes goal. Louis' clever touch then put Matt Ball through one-on-one and he should have scored, but Kitscha was off his line quickly to parry.
The home side took the upper hand as Scott Davies showed his class to dictate the play from the midfield. The former Reading player flashed a dangerous ball across the six-yard box but Dean Inman defended well, as he did all afternoon, to turn the ball behind.
Jolly was inches away from opening the scoring when Louis’ effort deflected off him, wrong footing the keeper and trickling agonisingly wide of the post. But It only took 34 seconds of the second half for Wealdstone to take the lead, Louis’ cross parried by Kitscha, and Matt Ball was there to head home.
Jonathon North tipped over a Gary McDonald free-kick moments later in what was Hayes’ first effort on target, but it was Louis’ turn to get on the score-sheet in the 55th minute when Ball played the forward through and after a clever cut inside he fired a low left footed effort into the bottom corner from just outside the box.
Louis was forced off minutes later and Wealdstone lost lots of their impetus as Hayes looked for a way back into the game. Subs Mason Spence and Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe were introduced, and the visitors’ best chance fell to Ogedi-Uzokwe, but he failed to hit the target as he ran through on the keeper with five minutes to play.