Hayes & Yeading travelled to Cheshunt on Tuesday evening, losing to a controversial goal awarded to the National League South side after possession was gained through a clear foul that the referee failed to take action on despite protests from United’s players.
The home side had an early strike on goal when Jamie Reynolds tried his luck with a 20 yard free-kick from the left side of the pitch but United stopper Jacob Adams was quickly down to his left to save comfortably.
In the 20th minute home ‘keeper Preston Edwards was called into action for the first time as a free-kick by the latest of United’s pre-season trialists was sent into the box, Keano Robinson made a decent connection with his header but Edwards alertly tipped the ball over. Amos Nasha took the subsequent corner kick which was only cleared as far as skipper Charlie Wassmer but his shot from 12 yards was just too high.
What was to be the only goal of the game came somewhat controversially after 33 minutes as the aforementioned United trialist was clearly fouled in possession by Brandon Adams and when the referee allowed play to continue, Adams took the ball and advanced on goal before sliding it past namesake Jacob in the United goal, much to the obvious annoyance United’s players and management.
The half closed out at 1-0 to the home side with little or nothing else to report chances wise and this was much the same after the break with defences clearly on top.
In fact the next half chance didn’t come until 75 minutes had been played, the hosts skipper Joe Re fed the ball left to Kayne Diedrick Roberts but his low effort was easily dealt with by Adams.
The final chances of the half came in the closing two minutes, both for United. On 88 minutes Florian Envoudou Ada collected a poor Cheshunt clearance and fed the ball into the path of Trialist M who fired a shot across the Cheshunt goal and with Edwards either beaten or having prefect judgement, the ball went inches wide of the far post.
As the clock struck 90, the biggest cheer of the evening came as the Lionesses bagged a fourth in the Euro 2022 semi-final which many were watching in the Fan Zone, but it also brought another chance for United as Trialist V crossed from the left side, Envoudou Ada got his head to the ball but could not generate any power and Edwards held on easily with the game closing out shortly after with a 1-0 win for the hosts.
We thank Cheshunt for their hospitality and wish them well in their upcoming first season in the National League South.
Report by Kevin Watts.
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