Hayes & Yeading's pre-season continued with a tale of two penalties leaving honours even with neighbours Uxbridge at Honeycroft.
An early effort from United trialist H saw his shot from the edge of the Uxbridge area deflect inches wide of Tyler Tobin's goal and ten minutes later the hosts first chance arrived when former United man Mahlondo Martin collected the ball on the left side of the box, United stopper Lewis Lavin doing well to tip the effort wide. The resultant corner kick was met by Lanit Talla but his header was held by Lavin.
Just one minute later for United, Romey Meoded, on as a sixth minute substitute after one of United's trialists, Jefferson Bento was injured, collected a cross-field pass on the right corner of the Uxbridge box, his drive being pushed in the air by Tobin was caught the dropping ball under pressure from Moses Emmanuel.
The hosts went close to opening the scoring on 26 minutes when their trialist striker burst into the United area, turned past his marker and fired past Lavin only for his effort to smash back off the upright before being cleared by the United defence.
The deadlock was finally broken three minutes from the break after Emmanuel was felled in the area by Elliott Poley with referee Griffin pointing to the spot. Emmanuel dusted himself down and slotted past Tobin to give United the lead.
United could have had another in stoppage time as Meoded crossed from the right to Francis Amartey, the United striker hitting a shot on the turn that was well blocked by the home defence and the half closed out with United a goal to the good.
The second half was to take a time to get going with the first noteworthy chance coming on the hour when United substitute Jamie Hanlon let fly from 20 yards forcing Tobin to go full length to push the effort away to safety. Ten minutes later another United substitute Afolabi Soyemi-Ololade, who had scored twice against Westfield, worked his way into the box, turned his marker and hit a shot that the home defence did well to block and clear.
Chances continued to come as both sides' made numerous personnel changes as the half progressed. Lavin got down well to hold a long rnage effort from one of the hosts trialist substitutes and play sprang striaght to the other end where Amos Nasha collected a pass in the right side of the box, his goalbound drive was superbly pushed out by Tobin but only to a United trialist who saw his effort blocked by a sliding defender with United's appeals for handball being waved away.
The final fifteen minutes saw the home side create some good openings while also finding an equaliser. First up Lavin did well to block away a shot with his legs when the home striker was through, the deflected ball going wide of the target.
With three minutes left on the watch, a coming together of a trialist from each side saw the home player felled and referee Griffin again pointed to the spot. Martin stepped up and despite Lavin guessing correctly he could not reach the well struck kick and the game was level at 1-1.
One final chance came the way of the hosts, a long range effort being pushed away by Lavin and the game ended level at 1-1.
We thank our hosts for the workout and wish them well for the coming campaign.
Report by Kevin Watts.
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