Hayes & Yeading returned from Farnborough with a deserved Emirates FA Cup draw which means we do it all again on Tuesday evening at the SKYex.
Manager Paul Hughes gave debuts to Luke Brophy and new loanee Alfie Williams while newly arrived striker Adam Liddle took a seat on the United bench.
The first chance early on came United’s way when a free-kick was awarded some 25 yards from goal, Mo Bettamer stepped up and fired the ball past the defensive wall but ‘Boro stopper Jack Turner got well behind the shot although he did have to be quick to gather after spilling the initial effort.
Six minutes later the host National League South side took the lead with their first real attack of the game when Reggie Young burst away on the right flank, the dangerous winger swept past Luke Brophy and fired across Jacob Adams into the far corner.
Buoyed by going ahead the home side pushed for a quick second with a long range Freddie Grant effort being comfortably held by Adams who soon after denied Liam Ferdinand who was sent through after the home side broke quickly from back to front.
A superlative United move on 26 minutes brought an equaliser. Charlie Wassmer played the ball forwards to Bettamer, his knock down found Moses Emmanuel who played an exquisite pass just beyond the defenders outstretched boot to Taylor Miles who showed great composure to slot the ball beyond Jack Turner in the hosts goal.
Four minutes later Dan Wishart, playing in an unaccustomed right midfield slot, collected the ball 25 yards out before cutting inside the area and getting off a shot that was just too high.
Two half chances for the home side came forth in the closing few minutes of the half. Hisham Kasimu collected a long punt forwards and played the ball square to Michael Fernandes but his effort was easily dealt with by Adams, as was a 20 yard free-kick from former United man Omar Rowe which despite beating the wall only provided a simple catch for the United custodian and the half closed all square at 1-1.
Half-time saw a change for United with debutant Adam Liddle coming into the fray in Wishart’s place and just three minutes from the restart Alfie Williams fired a free-kick in from the left side that Turner fumbled under pressure with his defence scrambling the ball clear to save his blushes.
On the hour mark a right side breakaway by the home side saw Paul Field slip as Fernandes moved past him into the United area, his angled drive was parried away by Adams who quickly dropped onto the loose ball.
Four minutes later Adams had to be at his best when a corner from the right was only cleared as far as Rowe, his angled drive forcing an excellent save from the United stopper.
A further brace of half chances came and went for the hosts as we moved through the final twenty minutes. Another corner from the right came in, this time it found the head of Jack Ball but he headed wide of the target before substitute Mekhi Leacock-McLeod broke free on the right only to pull the ball across the United area to an area absent of any of his teammates.
With seven minutes to play Emmanuel collected a flick on just outside the ‘Boro box, his neat touch and turn took him away from his marker but just as he got his shot away Freddie Grant flew in with a superbly timed block and Turner was not worried.
The only other real chance came with literally the final kick of the game as Adams got the slightest fingertip to a drive that may or may not have been on target but as the ball flew over the crossbar referee Parkinson blew for time and we go again on Tuesday to see who makes it through to Qualifying Round 3.
Report by Kevin Watts.
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