Hayes & Yeading suffered a pre-season defeat against AFC Dunstable on the United training pitch on Tuesday evening by the odd goal in seven but more importantly Manager Ritchie Hanlon got some more work in the legs of his squad plus a chance to look at a number of trialists.
On 6 minutes a neat interchange by the visitors strike pair saw a shot at goal being denied by an excellent Jerry Wiltshire block tackle and then just three minutes later United had the lead when Hassan Jalloh fired in a deep free-kick from the right that picked out Wiltshire to head home at the far post.
The lead however was to last just two minutes as one visiting striker had a shot blocked and the ball ran to the other who fired home from 12 yards giving United’s young trialist ‘keeper Lindret Beqiri little chance as the ball flew through a gaggle of players before hitting the net.
As we moved towards the 20 minute mark, both of United’s trialist strikers had a good chance to put United ahead once more, the first saw Sam Ashton move onto a Cole Brown cross and fire inches wide while Arnold Matshazi received the ball from Jalloh after a defender had missed his kick but needed more composure as he fired well over the visitors goal.
Ashton made amends minutes later however when he again collected a Brown pass, this time his touch was good and he beat the advancing ‘keeper to put United ahead once more.
Just three minutes later another of United’s trialists Romey Meoded collected the ball in midfield and struck a looping left foot shot that dipped over the visitors ‘keeper only to come back out off the face of the crossbar before the ‘keeper jumped up to grab the loose ball off a United players head.
The visitors stopper was twice in action around the half hour mark, keeping the score down by firstly pushing a Jalloh drive around the post and then doing the same on the opposite side as Paul Field tried to fire a shot inside the near post after cutting in from the left side.
As half time approached a couple of efforts from Amos Nasha failed to find the net, the second again being well saved by the Dunstable ‘keeper and then right on 45 minutes the visitors earned a free-kick 25 yards from goal, the taker fired past the wall and with swerve on the ball it went through the arms of ‘keeper Beqiri who will almost certainly feel he should have done better and the two sides went in level at 2-2.
United made several changes at the break and it nearly paid dividends just four minutes into the second half when Steve Ngunga cut in from the right and fired a shot goalwards that the ‘keeper did well to push away one handed.
The visitors however were the next to find the net in the 55th minute, Wiltshire had minutes earlier cleared an effort off the line at the post and then a free-kick played in from the left was touched home at close range by the visitors number 9.
Ten minutes later Ngunga saw a shot deflect just wide after good approach work from Jack Williams and a further ten minutes into the game Sanmi Odelusi cut in from the left and hit a shot that a defender took the sting out of and the ‘keeper gathered easily with the same scenario denying Ngunga on 83 minutes as the visitors worked hard at the back to retain their lead.
With two minutes to play Dunstable struck for a fourth time with an angled drive low into the far corner of the net and this was followed a minute later by United ending the scoring with a third as trialist Will Dupray smashed the ball home from inside the box and the game ended soon after with United losing 3-4.
Report by Kevin Watts.
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