Hayes & Yeading had to settle for a single point against fourth placed Poole Town at the SKYex despite Paul Hughes’ side having the better chances to take maximum points on the night.
More team shuffling was required with Sanmi Odelusi suspended and Moses Emmanuel injured, the game also saw a debut for newly signed former Aston Villa youngster Tristan Abldeen-Goodridge.
United were out of the starting blocks quickly and with just three minutes on the watch an early Hasson Jalloh effort was comfortably fielded by visiting ‘keeper Luke Cairney.
Soon after the aforementioned Abldeen-Goodridge was sent through on goal but the youngster delayed his shot which allowed the Dolphins defence to get in a decisive block and Cairney was not troubled on this occasion.
A first effort towards goal from the visitors on 11 minutes saw prolific scorer Tony Lee try an audacious free-kick from fully 30 yards that easily cleared Rhys Byrne’s goal and then six minutes later Toby Holmes broke into the United box only for an excellent sliding challenge from skipper Charlie Wassmer to deny him a shot on goal.
In the 21st minute however the visitors did manage to break the deadlock, a long punt up field from Cairney was inadvertently helped on by a United head to Holmes and this time he made no mistake, firing across Byrne and in off the far post.
On the half hour mark United were inches away from drawing level when a superb Reece Cole pass found Mo Bettamer inside the left channel, his shot beat Cairney only to cannon back off the face of the post before being cleared by the Dolphins defence.
The final chance of the half also went United’s way on 39 minutes as Paul Field nodded the ball down to Wassmer, his low shot being well saved by Cairney’s legs and the half closed out without further incident with the visitors a goal to the good.
A change at the break for United saw Abldeen-Goodridge replaced by Amos Nasha in the United midfield and the opening fifteen minutes were to see several chances, an equaliser and two red cards just to liven things up a bit.
Byrne needed to be at his best just four minutes after the re-start with a 20 yard goalbound volley from Harry Hutchinson being superbly turned aside by the United stopper and less than 60 seconds later United were a whisker away from levelling the match when Dan Wishart struck a low drive from 20 yards that saw Cairney rooted to the spot only for the shot to go a matter of inches outside the lefthand upright.
Cairney then saved from Jalloh before on 57 minutes another excellent delivery from a Cole corner saw Bettamer rise highest to head United level however in the aftermath of the equaliser a confrontation between Cairney and United’s Adam Liddle resulted in both players being shown red cards by referee Bloxham.
The Dolphins responded immediately by bringing on substitute ‘keeper Will Butler for goalscorer Holmes and two minutes later United went close to taking the lead when a chipped Nasha effort from just inside the box dropped over the top of the Poole goal and this was soon followed by a Cole 25 yard effort that was also just too high to trouble the stand-in stopper.
This signalled 25 minutes of nothing in the way of chances on goal and then just as we entered stoppage time, United substitute Bruno Tavares beat Butler to a ball on the side of the box and when the ‘keeper dragged the United striker to the ground many thought it could be another red card however only the yellow was pulled out.
The free-kick from the left side corner of the box was curled past the wall by Bettamer but Butler was well positioned to palm the effort away diving to his left and the game closed out without any addition to the score and both camps had to settle for a share of the spoils.
Report by Kevin Watts.
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