“A worldy free kick from JMM wrapped up the points for the Lobsters! ”
It was the Mendy Mendy show on Thursday as he secured his hat trick with a beauty, Kery Kedze scoring the other in a fine 4-1 win.
Liam Sallis was sick in the warm up so Jack Wingate came into the starting line up, Gavin Gordon made two other changes to the team that started against North Greenford United, with Bolagi and Kedze coming in for Long and Webster.
The Reds have made a fast start in recent weeks, as they've gone on a wonderful run of 8 games without defeat, and last night was no different taking the lead on 6 minutes when Hayes didn't clear their lines and Jacob Mendy Mendy smashed home his 9th goal of the season to give Redhill another perfect start. The visitors could have been level on 18 minutes when their first chance fell to Dean McDonald who's effort went just wide of Jack Wingates goal.
It turned out to be a costly miss as two minutes later the Lobsters doubled their lead, Kery Kedze done well to find Mendy Mendy with a brilliant through ball, the speedy winger ran in on goal, taking it calmly round Kennedy and slotting home his second. The Reds were in command early on and heading for 7 wins in 8 games. Before the break Hayes were nearly back in the game, and Darreon Mark probably deserved better, his brilliant curling effort beat Wingate but smashed off the post and away to safety meaning the Reds lead 2-0 at half time.
The Middlesex club made a bright start to the second period as they looked to find a route back into the match, Jack Wingate making two good saves the second of those using his feet to deny McDonald from close range. Just like the first half, two minutes after a missed opportunity for Hayes, the Lobsters punished their visitors. Kery Kedze chased down a long ball and steered his effort past Kennedy into the corner to make it 3-0. Four minutes later it was game over, the Reds were awarded a free kick around 25 yards out, Mendy Mendy who was after his hat trick stood over the ball, his beautiful curling effort left Kennedy with no chance as it whipped into the top corner to make it 4!
AFC Hayes never gave in though as they tried to make something of their long trip on a chilly Thursday night. Sub Maroud Jarraz finally getting the visitors a consolation goal with 15 minutes left to play with a good finish. Gavin Gordon made three changes with the trip to Abbey Rangers on Saturday in mind, Halsey, Snadden and Kedze making way for Long, Westney and Webster. A great Gary Abisogun dash towards the Hayes goal was the last real talking point of the encounter, his shot went just wide. It was another great win for the Reds as they stay 6th in the table, closing in on 5th place Camberely who they play on the last day of the season. In this sort of form, who'd bet against them going unbeaten until then.
Updated 11:31 - 13 Apr 2018 by Charlie Bright