CRAIGE Tomkins scored an early candidate for goal of the season as Uxbridge thrashed AFC Hayes in the Bank Holiday Monday derby.
Tomkins came back to haunt his former team-mates, hitting a worldy on 33 minutes to complete a brace following his seventh minute penalty.
And with a Kevin Warner effort sandwiched between the two strikes Tony Choules’ reds were out of sight by the interval and on their way to fourth spot in the early season table.
The hosts were marginally better after the interval as Uxbridge sat back on their lead, but Tom Kanek completed a near perfect afternoon for the visitors with the fourth late on.
Things went wrong for AFC almost from the start, but the first wound was self-inflicted as with seven minutes on the clock Charlie Crane needlessly pushed Tomkins in the back and after a lengthy delay the front-man belted the spot-kick into the bottom corner.
Two minutes later it was almost 2-0 as Nicke Kabambe’s header cannoned back off the bar.
Danny Buckle came close to a leveller for Hayes just before the quarter hour mark with a powerful header, but Uxbridge’s debutant keeper Rouke (corr) Pickford did well to tip the effort to safety.
It was a rare moment of threat from the hosts who found themselves 2-0 down on 23 minutes.
Matt Woods sent Tomkins charging to the left by-line and when the giant striker crossed there was Kevin Warner to provide a deft finish for his first goal of the campaign.
If that goal was good Uxbridge’s third 10 minutes later was off the scale.
Rob Fitzgerald, who gave a masterly display in defence, played an angled ball to the left-hand –side where Tomkins, 25 yards out on the angle, without allowing the ball to bounce hit a thunderous dipping volley over Bobby Khaira.
Hayes skipper for the day Lawrie Shennan should have pulled one back within seconds of the restart but headed over.
He later turned provider with a dazzling run to the by-line before crossing for Buckle, but his shot was blocked to safety by Pickford.
These were rare moments of joy for Hayes as Mark Dennison and Fitzgerald at the heart of the reds defence dominated the home attack.
Uxbridge might have scored more, with the tireless Woods seeing one effort brilliantly tipped over and another deflected wide off former Stoke youngster Joseph Debayo.
However, a fourth did arrive before the end as Woods beat the offside trap and drew the keeper before laying it square for Kanek to bag a tap-in.