Hayes & Yeading's pre-season campaign ended with honours even against Isthmian Premier side Kingstonian on the United 3G after morning downpours meant the main pitch was unavailable for the game.
With both managers putting out strong starting XI's it was the visitors who almost drew blood early when in just the second minute Jason Banton drove the ball across the United goal from just outside the box, his effort thankfully going wide of the upright.
The visitors certainly opened up the stronger and in the 18th minute Fabio Saraiva broke away on the left wing, his angled drive aimed at Jack Smith's near post required the United stopper to dive to his right to push the shot around the post.
K's went even closer five minutes later when a corner from the right drew a close range header that Jake Sheppard did well to clear off the goalline to keep the game goalless. Soon after Sheppard was in action at the other end as Moses Emmanuel collected the ball on the edge of the visitors box and slipped it right to Sheppard but his shot was straight at K's 'keeper Mason Whitnell who held on comfortably.
On the half hour mark Hassan Jalloh pushed forwards before sending Emmanuel through on goal, the United striker looked to have opened the scoring as he clipped the ball over the diving Whitnell only for his effort to go agonisingly over the bar.
The last opening of the half saw former United man Rhys Murrell-Williamson gifted the ball in the United half and he pushed to the edge of the United area only to fire over, and the half ended goalless.
The second half started in quick fashion as within three minutes United hit the post at one end and then went a goal behind at the other. Less than 60 seconds after the re-start Francis Amartey collected the ball on the left and pulled it back to Sanmi Odelusi who fired across the K's goal, beating Whitnell, only for his effort to come back into play off the far post.
Two minutes later the visitors took the lead as Nyren Clunis collected a throughball lofted over the United defence and fired an angled drive across Jack Smith and just inside the far post.
The visitors lead however was to last just over ten minutes as the impressive Amos Nasha collected a loose ball in the K's half of the field and fed it through to Jalloh who calmly fired his shot beyond Whitnell's dive and in off the far post.
Amartey for United and Daniel Ajakaiye both went close before the visitors again took the lead in the 69th minute with the ball taking a ricochet off the back of a United defender from a right wing cross, the ball dropping at the feet of Ajakaiye who from a yard out rolled it into the United net.
Again though Paul Hughes' side battled back and deservedly drew level in the 78th minute when Amartey was played through and despite the home side's vehement appeals for offside the game continued and the in-form striker struck home his seventh goal in eight days to bring the game level at 2-2.
The visitors had one last chance to take the spoils a couple of minutes from the end when substitute Bryant Akono-Bilongo broke free on the left and pulled the ball back to Aaron Lamont who tried his luck first time but failed to trouble Smith as the ball sailed wide of the United goal.
We thank Hayden Bird and his side for coming to play us this afternoon and wish the K's all the best for their upcoming Isthmian Premier campaign.
Report by Kevin Watts.
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