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Posted Sat 29 Jan 11 at 16:54 PM

FULL TIME: Hayes & Yeading 0-4 Harriers

Report by Matt Wall - stats provided and generated for by the Press Association.

Harriers racked up their biggest win of the season to signal their intentions to play-off rivals on Saturday - a four-goal thumping of Hayes & Yeading United at Church Road.

Harriers made a lightening start to the game as they looked to use the flanks and get at their opposition - with just five minutes gone there was an effort for Keith Briggs as he picked up the ball on the edge of the area and forced a hold from home goalkeeper Lee Harrison.

Just two minutes further on Harrison was well beaten by Matty Blair's effort as Blair connected with a fine Dave Hankin delivery, the shot however was cleared away from danger by a covering defender. It was to be Blair's last action of the day as Steve Burr was dealt a big blow with his withdrawal through injury.

With 24 minutes played, Hayes put together a neat move for their first serious opportunity of the day - skipper Peter Holmes picked out the run of Jefferson Louis perfectly into the penalty area but the front man's shot lacked any real power and was collected easily enough by Daniel Lewis.

Eight minutes later the breakthrough came and it went Harriers' way - Tom Shaw, back in the starting line-up, picked the ball up in the middle of the park and drove forwards in acres of space with the defence backing off him. Sensing the chance, he took a blast from outside the area, a drive that left goalkeeper Harrison rooted to the spot on its way into the bottom corner of the net - and a goal he dedicated to his partner's father who is recovering from illness. That'd perk most people up!

In fairness Hayes always looked useful on the ball and inside the last three minutes of the half they went close to drawing level; Bradley Pritchard should have done better than to snatch off target from inside the area, before Ben Wright was denied, one on one, by a fine save from Lewis.

Six minutes into the second period had a good chance to extend their lead from a free-kick after McPhee was fouled outside the area; Shaw placed the ball down and struck it well from 20 yards, Harrison getting down well at the foot of his post to tip it away.

As the hour mark came and went, Hayes' Wright wasted a real chance to make it 1-1 as Louis nodded the ball down to him on the edge of the area, the former Peterborough man firing way over the bar.

It turned out that the home side would be made to pay for spurning that opening as just five minutes later Harriers doubled their lead; a delightful chipped ball by Briggs was enough to take McPhee away from the whole of the defence, the finish then matched the supply as top scorer McPhee left Harrison looking back at the ball as it bounced into his net by virtue of a fine lob.

On 73 minutes it should have been three as Hankin found himself on the ball inside the area - going past one man, he took one touch and shaped to shoot, his effort looking goalbound before Adam Bygrave got back to intercept with a crucial last-ditch block.

As it was, Hankin needn't have worried - just five minutes later it was 3-0 as Harriers wrapped up the points; the winger started it by supplying Nick Wright in the area and, with all expecting him to shoot, the striker cleverly chipped a cross to McPhee who with one flick and a further poke - all the technical terms - he put the ball into the back of the net for his second of the day.

But the men in yellow were not done - with just three minutes later it was 4-0 as two substitutes combined; Gittings robbing goalkeeper Harrison of the ball near the by-line before cutting it back along the line where Jack Byrne, five minutes after his arrival, bundled home.

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