Published: 16:52, 04 February 2017 |
Updated: 20:03, 04 February 2017
The visitors actually began the brighter and Dan Harding saw a 20-yard free-kick deflected over after an early Danny Harris foul while they won three corners in the opening 12 minutes, all to no avail.
On 14 minute Hayes swung in a free-kick from the touchline near half-way and bent his cross inches past the far post.
Hayes was clearly in the mood and brought out a couple of familiar tricks and it was no surprise when it was he that broke the deadlock on 20 minutes when he controlled a searching crossfield ball on the right of the box, pushed inside and bought a yard before curling a high shot which keeper Tom Stewart could only help into the net under his own bar.
Hawks mustered their only half-chance of the half three minutes later when the ball broke to Alex Osborn on the left of the box but his angled shot was blocked by the chest of Deren Ibrahim who stood up well.
Hayes pulled out a Ronaldinho-esque touch to win a corner and saw his effort from the subsequent set-piece crowded out at the far post, but the second goal arrived just after the half-hour.
This time Ibrahim turned provider, launching a monster clearance which the Hawks' defence fatally failed to prevent bouncing, allowing the ball to break to Murphy who lobbed Stewart from the edge of the box with the ball hitting the roof off the net after kissing the underside of the bar and bouncing up off the line.
Luke Wanadio almost made it three on 34 minutes when he was played through, he turned Marvin Hamilton one way and the other but sent a fierce drive straight at the chest of Stewart.
The purple patch continued and Hayes cut in from the right before pinging a left-foot shot which hit the near-post side-netting on 37 minutes and after Murphy was crowded out in the box, Andy Pugh saw his low shot on the spin blocked by Jamal Howlett-Mundle.
Stewart was grateful for ref Gary Parsons' whistle after dropping a high cross under little pressure on 42 minutes but redeemed himself somewhat with a low save from a 20-yard Wanadio dipper.
The pressure continued into stoppage-time as Elliot Bradbrook superbly freed Hayes whose right-wing cross was headed inches wide of his own post by Howlett-Mundle.
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