With Hayes & Yeading fielding an experimental line-up and the visitors a very youthful side this was never going to be a classic cup tie but United did prevail with a second half Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick strike enough to see the former holders through as the unbeaten run continues.
With the visitors really looking just to play on the break, it was in the tenth minute that the first noteworthy attempt came as Uniteds under 18s skipper Romey Meoded struck a drive from 20 yards that the visitors young 'keeper Adam Longman handled well.
Another opening came in the 23rd minute as Jack Connors fed the ball inside from the left to Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick, he moved across the edge of the Police area and struck a drive that Longman was to fumble but showed quick powers of recovery to grab the loose ball.
Two minutes later Longman was tested again, this time Afo Soyemi-Ololade broke through, Longman denied him by blocking away his effort with an outstretched boot with Hassan Jalloh firing the rebound wide of the target.
The final five minutes of the half provided as many chances as the previous 40 had. Connors hit a drive from the corner of the area that Longman held well and at the other end a rare opening for the visitors saw Tyla Dickinson in action as he got behind a Joshua Keeya effort to keep the game scoreless.
The final opening before the break saw Jalloh collect a neat chipped pass over the visitors defence, he attempted to loft the ball over Longman but the stopper managed to get a fingertip to the ball that saw it go just the wrong side of the upright and the half closed out without further incident.
The second half was no less uninspring as United pushed on and the visitors repelled while showing little attacking intent of their own. Just before the hour mark Jalloh and Hippolyte-Patrick combined well to set Connors free on the left, his teasing centre flew across the six yard box without the vital touch being applied.
United finally breached the Police cordon in the 67th minute, a short goal-kick was collected on the side of the six yard box and as the Police defender moved back towards his own goal Hippolyte-Patrick was on him in a flash to flick the ball off his toes into the empty net from 6 yards.
Minutes later Jalloh went close with a far post header from a Connors cross and this was quickly followed by another Hippolyte-Patrick effort that went just wide of the target and another that Longman did well to get behind after good approach work from Scott Shulton created the shooting chance.
With 12 minutes remaining the visitors were reduced to ten men when 'keeper Longman misjudged the bounce of a thoughball and subsequently handled outside the area with referee Gray following the letter of the law and showing the youngster a red card which led to defender Alfie Walters taking over with the gloves.
The final chance of the game fell to United's under 18s leading scorer Harley Sells who collected the ball at the left corner of the Police area, his shot aimed for the far corner drifting inches wide of the target and the game closed out with United progressing to a second round tie away at Waltham Abbey.
Report by Kevin Watts.
United Man of the Match: Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick.
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