Hayes & Yeading's unbelievable start to the season continued at the SKYex on Saturday afternoon as Paul Hughes' side progressed in the Emirates FA Cup with a comprehensive 5-0 win over National League South side Tonbridge Angels taking United's goal tally from the nine games played to 32.
A cagey opening ten minutes saw the two sides trying to establish some sort of superiority on the ball with neither 'keeper being tested as defences were in charge. The first opening of the half came on 12 minutes when Hassan Jalloh fed the ball to Moses Emmanuel to the left of goal inside the Tonbridge box, the strikers' shot going low across the face of goal and just wide of the far post.
Three minutes later at the other end a bouncing ball forwards was nodded on by Tom Beere to striker Tommy Wood who fired weakly straight at Ravan Constable in the United goal and five minutes later a cross-come shot from Beere on the left was curling goalwards and had to be clawed away by Constable at full stretch from under his own crossbar.
With 23 minutes on the clock United looked to have taken the lead when a Tyler Goodrham chip over the visitors defence sent Francis Amartey away, the United striker moving around Angels stopper Jonathan Henly and firing towards the net only to be denied by an excellent sliding defensive clearance off the line by the visitors Jerry O'Sullivan.
The lead for United was only five minutes away though as Jalloh picked up the ball in the middle and fed it backwards to Amartey who smashed it home from just outside the area giving Henly no chance.
Tonbridge almost found an immediate response however and United will be grateful to the woodwork for maintaining the advantage as Beere hit a free-kick from 20 yards past the United wall with the effort coming back into play off the underside off the bar and when the ball dropped to Sonny Miles, his volley was too high to trouble Constable.
The final chance of the half was created by some excellent footwork from Goodhram as he danced his way through three attempted tackles before pulling the ball back to Amartey who appeared to be denied by his strike partner Moses Emmanuel as the shot struck him in the back before being cleared by a grateful Tonbridge defence.
Straight from the re-start the visitors were quickly on the attack looking to level the tie with an early Adam Lovatt cross finding Beere but Constable held his effort easily and just two minutes later the ball was in the opposite net as United went two ahead when Omar Rowe collected a Ben Frempah clearance before chipping the ball ahead to Amartey who worked his way into the area before finding Emmanuel who saw his initial effort saved by Henly but the visitors stopper could not prevent the United striker from following up to find the net.
From that point onwards the half really belonged to United with the visitors forwards feeding off scraps as the home defence looked as solid as ever while the United attack looked as dangerous at every turn with pace and power giving the visitors defenders a real problem.
Just before the hour mark Jalloh picked out Amartey who fired narrowly wide and then in the 73rd minute a nice interchange between Jalloh and Goodrham saw the ball chipped forwards by the Oxford United youngster to Jalloh but his shot was blocked in the air by Henly who was up quickly to catch the loose ball.
A minute later Jalloh fed Amartey but his shot was pushed over by Henly who could do nothing a few minutes later when Amos Nasha found Rowe on the right, he moved into the box before pulling the ball back to Jalloh who took a touch and then fired home number three.
Two further goals for United came in somewhat calamitous fashion for the visitors. In the 82nd minute United substitute Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick, making his debut after over 12 months out injured, showed good footwork on the left before laying the ball off to Goodrham whose shot was inches too high. The resultant goal-kick taken short saw a defender caught in possession by Nasha inside the box and he took the ball coolly beat Henly to give United a four goal lead.
Number five came soon after as a poor backpass by Tom Parkinson left Henly struggling to reach the ball, Rowe chased it down and having got to it first was left with the simple task of rolling number 5 into an empty net.
United could have had a sixth in stoppage time but Samir Bajja's long range dipper just cleared the Angels goal and United progressed into Monday's draw with a 5-0 victory.
Report by Kevin Watts.
Photos by Stacio Fernandes ©.
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