MIDWEEK FOOTBALL: Lee Tunnell's late winner earned Uxbridge their most impressive victory of their Southern League season to date, as they beat Didcot Town 3-2 at Honeycroft.
Didcot went into the fixture in second place having never lost a competitive game to the Reds and they looked like extending that record after 38 minutes when they led 2-1 and even with six minutes to go when they were drawing 2-2.
However, Tunnell sealed a topsy-turvy clash in fitting style when he fired an acrobatic winner past Michael Watkins to maintain Uxbridge's surge up the Division One South and West table.
Either side might have struck the first blow - Elliottt Osbourne-Ricketts finding the top of the bar with his best effort - before Uxbridge did take the lead when David Warner was left with a tap in after a Watkins error. Paul McCarthy brilliantly denied former Reds striker Neville Roach but when he could not hold on to an Osbourne-Ricketts shot, Andrew Williams levelled the score.
In fact Didcot went ahead seven minutes from the break after Michael Bart-ley held off Mark Dennison to find the net and they might have been 3-1 up at the break had Roach been able to convert at the back post.
The second half began with a bang as Dennison headed home a David Tomas free kick only to be flagged offside but Uxbridge did equalise in the 47th minute, Thomas again the provider for Dave Lawrence to squeeze his shot in from a narrow angle. Didcot fashioned a couple more chances but the game was heading for a draw until Tunnell popped up late on to claim a crucial win.
Having recorded their record league win away from home last Saturday, four days later Hayes & Yeading United claimed their biggest win in any competition as they swept aside Hillingdon Borough 8-2 in the Middlesex Senior Cup.
Garry Haylock made seven changes to his starting XI but it was still a strong side and certainly far too good for Boro who are struggling one off the bottom of Ryman One North.
Scott Fitzgerald headed past former Hayes keeper Ben Harris in the 11th minute and although Adrian Allen equalised from the spot with a somewhat harsh penalty award, Boro were barely in the game.
Toby Little, on his return from injury, put United back in front from the spot after Jake Lovell was tripped, Lovell headed two more and his step over gave
Steven Gregory the chance to make it four goals in 12 minutes as United stormed 5-1 in front at the break.
Allen punished Aaron Howe's error to pull a goal back but Fitzgerald netted his second from close range and when Boro were down to 10 men after Matt Ruby's heavy challenge resulted in Alex Gediking leaving the field on a stretcher, United added two more.
First Lovell made club history when the youth team striker became the first United player to score a first team hat-trick, to add to the four he has already bagged for the U18s this year.
In time added on Fitzgerald became the second, despite having played the entire game in midfield, firing home from 12 yards to seal the win and claim the team's 50th goal of the season in its 22nd game.