United made it four from four as Mark Molesley’s side avenged an early season defeat at the SKYex by travelling the short distance to Beaconsfield and bringing home maximum points courtesy of goals from Ayo Faniyan, Marvel Ekpiteta and Louis Dunne.
The early stages of this one saw both teams sizing each other out with the only near chance in the opening fifteen minutes falling to the home side when a loose pass in midfield presented the ball to Asher Yearwood, his drive was charged down by the United defence with Joel Rollinson firing the loose ball wide from the edge of the box.
Just before 20 minutes had been played a nice interchange on the right between Cole Brown and Steve Ngunga saw the former race into the box fire across a hard low centre that just evaded the sliding Faniyan and with nobody getting a touch the ball flew away to safety.
United now started to excerpt more pressure on the home goal, Ngunga’s effort from 25 yards was easily dealt with by Matt Rowley in the Rams goal and just past the half hour mark the deadlock was broken. Omar Rowe found Faniyan on the left, he moved towards the by-line before slicing his way between two defenders and curling a shot past Rowley into the far corner.
Sadly the lead was to last just four minutes as the hosts bundled home an equaliser although Jacob Adams looked to be fouled in the process. Firstly, Ada Okorogheye aimed for the top corner from the edge of the box forcing an excellent tip over from Adams. The resultant corner was played deep and headed back into the mix by Yearwood and in the scramble Okorogheye poked the ball home with United’s appeals for a foul being waved away by referee Wharton, not for the first time as minutes before Faniyan had been elbowed in the head and this also went unpunished.
One more opening showed before the break as Ngunga cut inside from the right, his curling effort aimed at the far corner was halted inside the six yard box by an excellent Jacques Kpohomouh interception and clearance and the two sides went in all square at the break.
Nine minutes had been played in the second half when the visitors took the lead. A United corner was quickly cleared upfield to Okorogheye, he burst away on the left side and just when it looked like he had been taken too close to the by-line, he rifled in a shot from the acutest of angles that flew past Adams into the roof of the net.
United’s renewed resilience continued to show through and just past the hour mark the game was once again all square. A Cole Brown corner was recycled back to him, his deep centre was knocked down by substitute Mo Bettamer with Marvel Ekpiteta turning inside the six yard box to prod the ball past Rowley for a United leveller.
Six minutes later United were deservedly back in front once more. A free-kick some 25 yards from goal to the right was tapped aside by Bettamer to Louis Dunne and the Chelmsford loanee curled a beauty into the far top corner to put United 3-2 ahead.
Soon after a couple of long range efforts for the Rams from Jake Gosling and Rollinson both flew over and wide of the target with Adams not being tested.
United almost wrapped the game up on 77 minutes when Ronan Silva fed the ball to Faniyan, his low curler from the edge of the box beat Rowley only to come back into play off the inside of the far post with the Rams defence on hand to clear the ball away.
A few minutes later a 25 yarder from Bettamer was fumbled and grabbed by Rowley and with the visitors being held at bay by a disciplined United back-line it was three points coming home to Middlesex as United continue to put points between themselves and the precarious position we were in just a couple of weeks back, long may it continue.
Report by Kevin Watts.
United Man of the Match: Paul Field.
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