Hayes & Yeading United wilted in the sun at the Abbey Stadium this afternoon as they crashed to their fourth consecutive Blue Square Premier away defeat. Playing their third game in five days the visitors enjoyed a bright start but soon started to tire in the warm weather, and the U's took full advantage after just 16 minutes.
Ed Harris conceded a free-kick and Simon Russell's lofted delivery was deftly headed in by Rory McAuley beyond the despairing dive of Clark Masters.
The hosts almost doubled their lead minutes later but the presence of Ram Marwa forced Danny Crow to blaze over the bar from three yards.
However, the former Peterborough United striker was not to be denied after 27 minutes. After his curling 12 yard effort crashed back off the post Crow showed composure to tuck the ball away at the second attempt.
Cambridge remained in control for long spells but should have been given a rude awakening when Daniel Wishart robbed Josh Coulson in his own half only to pull a weak shot wide of the target, much to the annoyance of his better placed team-mate Dale Binns.
Masters then made a point blank save from Adam Marriott before Hayes & Yeading reduced the arrears in the 75 th minute through Adam Green, who placed a lovely drive into the corner of the net from just inside the box.
However, Cambridge restored their two goal cushion three minutes later when Crow fired past Masters from the edge of the box.
The U's capped off a fine display three minutes from time when Marriott crashed in a free kick from all of 30 yards.
Hayes & Yeading: Masters, Allen-Page, Green, Cadmore (cpt), Ruby (Little, 70), Marwa (Mulley, 64), Canham, Binns, Cochrane, Harris, Wishart (Watkins, 59). Att: 2,940 (89 from Hayes & Yeading United).