THE spectre of Amy Fearn did nothing for Hayes & Yeading – but at least the referee had no effect on the result for once.
Former boss Garry Haylock’s favourite official – not... might have booked three United players in a one-way first half, but she was hardly to blame for the desperate stuff endured by brave souls who trekked to North Wales.
It would have been nice to mention a heap of United players pushing forward, but once Wrexham weathered a very early storm it was the home side, the home side and nothing but the home side doing the attacking.
Carl Pentney was called into action early doors to make a good save with his legs. But his positioning was questionable when Jake Speight steered the ball past him for 1-0 on 16 minutes.
The beleaguered keeper might have seen another three whacked past him as Wrexham squandered a pair of free headers as well as having a goal chalked off for offside.
But when Adrian Cieslewicz broke down the wing and zinged a cross into the box, poor Pentney dropped the ball very inconveniently at the feet of Mark Creighton who tapped in just before the break.
By that time returning hero James Mulley, Tom Cadmore and Yasson Moutaouakil had all gone in Fearn’s book as they strove to turn the red tide.
Morrell was inches from 3-0 with a diving header after the restart, but it only delayed the third by 10 minutes.
A neat corner routine left Jay Harris plenty of space to curl a low right-foot drive past Pentney’s left from the edge of the box and put the result beyond doubt.
Sub Mathias Pogba picked up the pieces for a fourth when Speight should have scored. But striker Michael Thalassitis from Stevenage had no chance to show why he is at H&Y on a one-month loan deal until the final three minutes when he was presented with a point-blank consolation by the keeper after good work from Julian Owusu.
It was the only away shot on target.
And although United have a Pele in the team, Pedro Pele in this case, it’s going to need the original plus Gerson, Carlos Alberto, and Franz Beckenbauer in their heyday to save H&Y from the drop based on this showing.
TEAM: Carl Pentney; Yasson Moutaouakil (Dan Spence, 45), Daniel Wishart (Julian Owusu, 60), Pedro Pele, Tom Cadmore; Jamie Hand, Phil Walsh, Luke Williams, James Mulley, Tom Collins; Michael Thalassitis