Hayes & Yeading fell to a 2-0 pre-season defeat against Isthmian Premier side Kingstonian on the clubs 3G training pitch on Tuesday evening in a game that never really got going with United making a good start and the visitors hitting Ritchie Hanlon’s side with two late strikes to take the spoils.
With a few players unavailable for this one the gaffer took the chance to mix things up a bit squad and formation wise and this looked to be having a positive effect early doors as United were camped inside the K’s half of the field but couldn’t find the key breakthrough.
With the visitors stopper having fumbled an early shot before the ball was scrambled away, he was in better form in the eighth minute when Jamie Hanlon cross to Adam Liddle who knocked the ball aside to Steve Ngunga, his shot being well held by the diving ‘keeper.
Minutes later an excellent Jack Williams centre from the left found United’s Sam Ashton who with a goal in each of the past two friendlies was unable to make it 3 in 3 as the K’s ‘keeper did well to push his shot away with his defence completing the clearance.
Within sixty seconds another chance went begging for United when Amos Nasha sent Ngunga through, the young winger firing across the ‘keeper but agonisingly wide of the far post. Shortly after United had the ball in the K's net as Liddle headed in a Ngunga cross only for the striker to be denied by a raised flag for offside.
Around the half hour mark United lost the services of Liddle due to a cut on the head from a high boot and this seemed to take all of the impetus out of United’s attack with the only three efforts toward goal after this coming from the visitors.
Former United striker Tom Collins fired wide from the edge of the box on a couple of occasions while in stoppage time a shot from the visitors #11 from the corner of the box was easily dealt with by United’s stopper and we went in goalless at the break.
Within the opening ten minutes of the second half both sides had a chance to open the scoring, first up for United saw Ngunga’s right wing cross being met in the middle by trialist striker Darnel Baxter-Alleyne but his header was held by the ‘keeper and within a minute a quick break at the other end saw Simon Grant, a half time substitute, in action as he blocked away a near post shot by the visitors.
With neither side mustering much in attack, a 78th minute Taylor Miles effort was just off target and then out of nowhere on 83 minutes the visitors took the lead when a long ball was played forwards, Grant came a fair way out of his goal to tackle for the ball and despite winning it his opponent was quickly up and having got to the ball first lofted it over the retreating ‘keeper from 30 yards into a vacant United net.
A change for United at the restart saw a return for Ayo Faniyan who had been missing in action since getting injured in the FA Cup at Hythe last September, a welcome return for a player who looked to have great promise last season.
An 86th minute run and shot from Williams that just cleared the crossbar was all United offered in the final minutes however as the clock hit 90 the K’s worked the ball to the edge of the United box and curled a perfect shot just inside Grant’s left hand post to seal a 2-0 victory for the side from Surrey.
We thank Simon Lane and his team for coming to play us and wish them well for their forthcoming Isthmian League campaign.
Report by Kevin Watts.
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