A repeat of the Boxing Day result was never really anticipated but the total decline in quality of play was unexpected as woeful Wimbledon surrendered their unbeaten run to a Hayes and Yeading side who have been a form team themselves of late, the festive result against the Dons excepted.
A solitary header by Marwa was enough to decide the match, a healthy number of travelling Dons left rueing the curse of the Manager/Player Of The Month awards.
The best chances for Wimbledon fell to Jon Main but he was not having one of his prolific days, and little else about this fixture is worth recording, other than the delayed kick off, seemingly caused by crowd congestion. This performance was reminiscent of a Terry Burton Wimbledon FC side, with some nice build up play without end result, which wins you nothing of course.
Hopes are now pinned on the rearranged fixture versus Wrexham on Tuesday, and that some of the unavailable personnel might be ready to return by then, in particular, the pivotal figure of Danny Kedwell. It's probably unfair to suspect Hayes and Yeading of employing a strategy of taking him out of the first game in order to win the return fixture, but in the end his unavailability will be noted as a crucial factor in the Dons decline.