Hayes & Yeading brought home a deserved three points from Dorset as Paul Hughes’ side out battled and outscored Dorchester Town on the artificial turf at a wet Avenue Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
United were out of the blocks quickly and in just the second minute Adam Liddle robbed a defender to the left of the Magpies box and with home stopper almost in no man’s land he pulled the ball back to Moses Emmanuel who saw his effort go wide of the upright.
Three minutes later Liddle was again the provider, this time his pass found Amos Nasha who saw his low drive well saved at full stretch by Harrison Lee in the home goal.
United were nearly caught out at the other end on 9 minutes when Matthew Neale broke on the right flank, his pull-back found Oliver Balmer who fired wide of the target when well placed however the Magpies were made to rue the missed chance as two minutes later United were ahead. Hassan Jalloh collected the ball wide on the left and moved into the Magpies box near to the bye-line, his shot from an acute angle squirming under Lee’s dive before trickling into the Magpies net.
United were now in the ascendancy and a goal to the good. Paul Field charged forwards from his right-back slot, evading several tackles before getting a shot away that was blocked inside the six yard box before being hacked clear and shortly after Emmanuel picked out Jalloh in the middle, his volley going agonisingly wide of the target.
Just past the half hour mark United almost had a second when an Emmanuel centre picked out Liddle only for his header to glance the top of the crossbar in going over the Magpies goal.
The 38th minute saw United and Jalloh grab a second. Rhys Byrne played the ball long and high from the back, Liddle brought the ball down very skilfully just inside the Magpies half and as he tried to feed Emmanuel the ball ricocheted off a defender straight into Jalloh’s path and he moved forwards before firing confidently past Lee in the home goal.
A late chance for the hosts just before the break saw Olaf Koszela collect the ball just outside the United area but his driven shot was too high to trouble Byrne and United went in with a deserved two goal lead at the interval.
United almost had a third within seconds of the re-start as Nasha crossed from the right to Emmanuel, his volley seeing a deflection take it wide of the target only for a goal-kick to be given and just two minutes later Liddle set the ball for Emmanuel to strike but this time Lee was down quickly to save.
United continued to make most of the running and on 54 minutes Jalloh and Liddle combined on the left with the latter feeding the ball in to Emmanuel, he in turn laid it off to Nasha who saw his 20 yard drive spectacularly tipped over by Lee.
Three minutes later the hosts drew the first real save from Byrne in the United goal when former United midfielder Jordan Ngalo evaded several tackles to move into the box, his eventual shot being pushed away by the Leyton Orient loanee.
Just beyond the hour mark Emmanuel’s mazy dribble into the Magpies area saw him dance past former United defender Callum Buckley only to see his shot blocked away by Lee’s legs and ten minutes later at the other end Alfie Stanley found Charlie Gunson but his shot from 18 yards was well held by Byrne at the foot of his post.
Ten minutes from the end United got the third that their dominance deserved as Liddle won the ball high up field on the right, he played it inside to Williams who in turn played it left to Dan Wishart and he moved forwards before cracking home a low drive that flew in off the inside of the post.
Four minutes later the hosts did blot United’s copybook when a deep corner from the left skidded through to Keith Emmerson beyond the far post, his diving header struck the underside of the United crossbar with Koszela forcing the loose ball over the line from close range.
A couple of stoppage time chances came and went for United, Nasha’s cross was flicked on by Bruno Tavares to Liddle who saw his low shot saved by Lee and soon after Emmanuel was inches wide from the edge of the box before the game closed out with a thoroughly deserved three points coming home to Middlesex.
Report by Kevin Watts.
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