Hayes & Yeading came away from The SB Stadium with a well earned point against Bracknell Town on Tuesday evening in the third consecutive away fixture for Paul Hughes’ side.
The gaffer made one single enforced change to the line-up that had secured three points at Dorchester with Mitchal Gough coming in for the suspended Reece Cole which required a bit of re-shaping in the United set-up on the field.
The hosts started well and with 9 minutes played Gary Abisogun tried his luck with a 20 yard free-kick that was easily dealt with by Rhys Byrne in the United goal however just four minutes later the ever dangerous Jordan Esprit collected a ball in from the left and coolly fired his side ahead from just inside the box.
The Bracknell lead was to last just a few minutes though as Moses Emmanuel collected the ball in the Robins’ area, his initial effort was blocked by former United under 18 stopper Simon Grant and when the United striker looked to latch onto the loose ball he was tripped by Grant and referee Olhausen pointed to the spot. Emmanuel dusted himself down and fired home and in doing so became the clubs leading goalscorer with his 48th strike for United.
Following the two early strikes the game then settled into a bit of a midfield scrum with defences definitely on top as another chance did not hit the notebook until 39 minutes were on the watch. This was to be another for United as Hassan Jalloh was sent clear, he moved into the Robins box only to be denied as he shot for goal by a superbly timed sliding block from home skipper Daniel Bayliss.
The final chance of the first half fell to the hosts in stoppage time when former United winger Kameron English broke from the middle of the park only to fire wide from 20 yards out and the half closed with honours even.
The second half was to bring a further goal apiece and many more chances at both ends.
United made a change up front at the break with Adam Liddle being replaced by Mo Bettamer and just six minutes after joining the action, the United striker was sent through by Sanmi Odelusi’s perfect pass only for Grant to move quickly off his line to block Bettamer’s shot away with his retreating defence finishing the tidying job.
Just before the hour mark the hosts created two excellent openings without adding to the score. A corner from the left side was helped on by the fist of Byrne and when the ball dropped to English his shot was deflected wide by a super Dan Wishart sliding block.
Within a minute another former United player Ashley Lodge sent Esprit through on goal, the striker being denied by Byrne who did well to block the effort away with skipper Charlie Wassmer finishing the job.
Right on the hour mark play had switched to the other end, Jalloh, Alfie Williams and Amos Nasha combined well on the left with the latter firing the ball across to Emmanuel who rushed his shot and sliced it wide of the target.
Within a matter of seconds though United were “at it” again, Paul Field broke forwards on the left and crossed low into the Robins box, an unfortunate defensive slip saw the ball run through to Bettamer who confidently fired past Grant to put United head with his first of the season.
Sadly for United the lead only lasted seven minutes as a free-kick was played in from the left, Jack Dean got the slightest of touches to the ball and when Byrne could only push it away, George Knight was left the easy task of heading home from about a foot and we were all square once again.
The final fifteen minutes saw the hosts have probably the majority of the ball but it was United who looked the most likely to snatch the win.
Jalloh and Williams again combined on the left side with the latter picking out Emmanuel in the middle, his shot being saved by Grant in the hosts goal.
On 80 minutes Emmanuel sent Jalloh through but his shot only found the side netting and the final chance of the game went to the hosts when a dipping effort from substitute Darryl Sanders just cleared Byrne’s goal from 20 yards.
So it was a point apiece at the end of the game and probably a fair reflection of the game itself.
Report by Kevin Watts.
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