AFC Hayes Reserves 1 v 2 Kensington Dragons
After the disappointing result and performance of last weeks’ cup exit the Dragons were looking to get back on track and maintain their good form in the league. With the unknown quantity of any reserve team, Dragons could not afford to underestimate the opposition as they may have been guilty of doing the week before.
Therefore a bright start was made by Dragons with an obvious level of comfort on the ball that was being distributed at a good tempo. Though the quality and speed of play was not allowing the opposition to have an impact in the game it would only be proved worthy with a goal. The best of such opportunities came from set-pieces as the build-up play was being thwarted by the Hayes back-line at the last moment. Dragons continued to be patient though and use the big pitch to their advantage.
On the stroke of half-time another set-piece opportunity came up and Nalu Moso’s delivery was met by Bowler at the back post to give Dragons a deserved lead at the break. The second-half started as the first finished with Dragons leading proceedings. An error in the opening ten minutes gifted Dragons and Nalu Moso a chance to increase the lead and he obliged with a tidy finish.
It failed to bring the same level of play out of the Dragons as in the first period, with a lot more breaks in play and an improved performance from the home side. A sloppy bit of defending by Dragons with fifteen minutes to go allowed Hayes a potential life-line when the Muyanja was beaten by a wicked bounce as he dived for a routine save.
The growing statue of the Dragons in this league meant they were able to play out the remained of the half without any further scares whilst having the opportunities to put the result beyond doubt. A good win never the less moving Dragons to third and sets up a six pointer next week against the BA who top the table.
Muyanja, Cole, Scott, Batausol, Bowler, Mkoloma, O’Donoghue, Malone (Maxwell 70), Bangoo, Madden (Meremikwu 70), Nalu Moso.