For the second midweek running United fought back from two goals down however on this occasion it was the opposition who netted the fifth and decisive strike of the evening as United fell to a 3-2 local derby defeat at Hanwell Town’s Powerday Stadium.
Early chances for both sides firstly saw United’s Ryan Hall make a good save from Shomari Barnwell and then after just seven minutes at the opposite end Moses Emmanuel squared the ball to Adam Liddle but his shot went narrowly the wrong side of the upright.
Soon after Emmanuel set up a shooting chance for Hassan Jalloh but Hanwell stopper Hugo Sobte held on comfortably and as United continued to push forwards, Mitchal Gough saw a header go wide of the target.
Sobte then launched an end-to-end Hanwell attack, first he picked out Adam Laaref from distance, he drove into the United area and when his cross deflected to Mathew MacKenzie, he forced a fine save with his legs from Hall.
On 22 minutes a Harry Rush free-kick is easily held by Hall before an inswinging United corner is cleared away off the line by the home defence.
With Hanwell starting to take charge of the ball, Connagh Wilks saw a header fly inches wide of the target and then on 33 minutes MacKenzie played a neat one-two with Barnwell who played him in behind the United defence and he coolly slotted past hall to give the home side the lead.
After further Hanwell pressure, it was not surprising that another goal came their way on 40 minutes. Kain Adom beat Hall only for his effort to come back off the crossbar however to ball fell nicely to Laaref who clipped it back across the box to give Adom the opening to fire home Hanwell’s second of the game.
In the fourth minute of stoppage time United netted a lifeline to take into the break as Emmanuel got on the end of a corner kick to head home and bring United to within one of the hosts.
A change for United at the break saw Amos Nasha replaced by striker Mo Bettamer however the half did take a little time to get going as United looked to get back level.
An opening for the hosts on 67 minutes saw Adom fire weakly at Hall and just three minutes later United were level as Bettamer crossed to Adam Liddle, he guided the ball down to Emmanuel who fired past the defender on the line from close range.
United were now on top and went on the hunt for the decisive fifth goal of the game. Bettamer got behind the Hanwell defence only to be denied by former United under 18 ‘keeper Sobte and this was quickly followed by Bettamer playing in Emmanuel, he squared the ball to Alfie Williams who saw his shot blocked out by Sobte as far as Reece Cole, his shot being touched wide of the target, again by Sobte.
United were piling on the pressure as we arrived at the final ten minutes however sadly it was to be the hosts, against the run of play, who found the killer touch.
With Bettamer having seen an effort cleared off the line and Jalloh firing over when well placed, 89 minutes had been played when Barnwell collected the ball, flicked it past his marker and fired a shot through Hall to give his side the three points.
Report by The Ghost Writer.
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