DIVISION ONE SOUTH AND WEST AFC Hayes 4 Cirencester Town 3

DEAN Papali came off the bench to snatch back victory for AFC Hayes just as they looked to have thrown away an unassailable position.

A match that had just about everything - seven goals, two penalties, nine bookings and a stirring comeback by Cirencester Town from 3-0 down - was settled by Papali a minute from time but only after his initial spot kick was saved.

Hayes' second successive win and their second four-goal haul in a row made it 14 points from the last 18 for Joe Mitchell's rejuvenated side, who are unbeaten in that time and are now within a win of a place in the top half of the table.

Hayes seized control with two goals in as many first half minutes when Nick Turner headed in a Dean Clark free kick and then Ross Ahir beat several players before volleying into the top corner for a spectacular second strike.

Gilbert Nuako made it three in eight minutes midway through the opening half and Victor Osobu had the chance to inflict further damage when he rounded Daniel Thompson but could not stay on his feet to find an empty net. Papali replaced the injured Clark soon after and six minutes into first half stoppage time Cirencester were handed a lifeline from the penalty spot for an infringement only the referee seemed to see.

Scott Griffin made it 3-1 and after the interval, without Clark to pull the strings for the hosts, Cirencester continued their recovery with Griffin firing home.

As the home side retreated ever further Matt Williams scrambled home an 86th minute equaliser to apparently earn the visitors a point but there was one more final twist to come.

Kevin Chakaodza rounded the keeper only to see his shot cleared by a defender but seconds later Osobu was brought down and although Papali saw his penalty attempt saved he converted the rebound to spare Hayes blushes and claim his sixth league goal in as many games.


A STIRRING comeback ultimately counted for nothing as Uxbridge paid the price for a poor first half away to AFC Totton, who took over top spot after their 3-2 win.

The Reds were 2-0 down at the break and it could have been worse after they failed to create a single decent chance, before roaring back in the second half.

Mark Nicholls and Lee Tunnell cancelled out the deficit within 10 minutes of the restart and Tunnell came within a whisker of putting the visitors in front, but five minutes from time a harsh penalty decision allowed Totton to sneak home.

Uxbridge were chasing the game from only the third minute after confusion between left-back Dave Thomas and keeper Paul McCarthy gifted Michael Gosney the opening goal and the visitors were under the cosh from then on.

James Taylor went close with a header, Ryan Hill struck a free kick just the wrong side of McCarthy's right-hand upright and it was no surprise when Totton doubled the lead.

Nathaniel Sherbourne beat Wharton for pace and expertly lobbed McCarthy and he so nearly made it 3-0 before half-time but Gavin Brown and Wharton combined to clear the danger in the nick of time.

It was a different story in the second half and within six minutes Nicholls was fouled just inside the penalty area, picking himself up to pull a goal back from the spot, before four minutes later Nicholls crossed from the right and Tun-nell levelled the scores.

Tunnell also hit the outside of the post from a difficult angle as Uxbridge looked set to go on and complete a remarkable turnaround but it was not to be as Wharton was deemed to have fouled Taylor and Gosney denied Uxbridge a point from the penalty spot.

The other bad news was that the Reds collected five more bookings. UXBRIDGE: McCarthy, Brown, Thomas, Wharton, Dennison, Davies, Lawrence, K Warner, Tunnell, Nicholls, Tilbury. Subs not used: Carter, Dyer, Reynolds, Tarr.

Goals, Totton: Gosney 3, 85 (pen); Sherbourne 21. Uxbridge: Nicholls 51 (pen); Tun-nell 55. Attendance: 220. [25a0] Ryan O'Toole earned the reserves a 1-1 draw with Sutton United in the Suburban Premier Division.