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Hayes and Yeading United 1 Beaconsfield Town 1
Rams Man of the Match - Louis Stead
There’s absolutely no doubt that the travelling Beaconsfield fans [both of them] would have bitten your hand off for a 1-1 draw from the trip to Hayes and Yeading. Whilst they can return home satisfied with a point they can also be forgiven for being slightly disappointed they didn’t come away with all three points having seen their side fail to convert several presentable second half opportunities before seeing a strong late penalty claim waved away.
The home side will point to long spells of sustained pressure particularly in the second period and feel that they dominated and should have got more out of it. Truth be told though it was 63 minutes before Myles Bowman had a serious save to make and the home sides equaliser was only their second shot on target and it was their last of the evening.
The first half was a scrappy affair not helped by the swirling wind which broadly favoured the home side but in truth was as much of a hinderance to both teams.
The overall untidiness was not helped by Mr Mackey, the referee who performed with a baffling inconsistency throughout while administering all his decisions with great confidence as is often the way with mediocre officiating.
In his defence he was equally poor for both teams so on the evening it probably balanced up and it gave the home crowd something to shout about in a first half where neither side could tame the conditions or the officiating with any consistency.
Nathan Webb was at the centre of early skirmishes despite battling traffic, arriving late at the ground and being relegated to the subs bench, with skipper Wes Daly restored to the centre of midfield. Nathan was soon pressed into action as a make-shift right back replacing brother Callum who limped off with a tweaked hamstring.
It’s fair to say Nathan didn’t have much chance to get warm or into the zone and he definitely struggled to find the pace, resulting in two clumsy challenges which enraged the home crowd and earned him a yellow card within 10 minutes.
At that stage you could be forgiven for wondering if he would survive until half time as the home side focussed attention on maximum width.
The Rams in general were struggling to come to terms with the wind, knocking down clearances and making passing out from the back more tricky than usual.The hosts too struggled to take advantage of the conditions and too often through balls did not take account of the effects of the wind and rolled harmlessly out of play or curled aimlessly off their target.
It was somewhat against the run of play when The Rams took the lead with the one moment of real quality in a wind lashed first half.
Nathan Webb fed Louis Stead just across half way and the midfielder turned upfield and set off towards goal having defeated the first line of defence with an outrageous step over he broke through the backline with another made it to the byeline and stood up an inviting cross to the far post where it was met by Jordan Ajanlekoko who headed it back the way it came and into the ground so that it bypassed a gaggle of defenders and Jack Smith’s outstretched arm bouncing up into the roof of the net.
Half time 0-1
The home side made a substitution at half time and changed their system shifting Gabriel Piorkowski to right wing back and the home side immediately began to pile on the pressure but as in the first half their approach play was to often let down by a poor touch or final ball or an offside flag.
Beaconsfield defended resolutely at full stretch on occasions but for all their possession the home side were not creating chances and Myles Bowman enjoyed a largely routine evening. His counterpart at the other end was much the busier as The Rams exploited the home sides pressure with a number of swift counter attacks.
Charlie Losasso and James Ewington combined to create a number of chances but although Jack Smith was called into more regular action, the saves he made were of the regulation kind. The sort you would expect him to make.
Just as it seemed that it would be the Rams that added to their lead the home side were level. Unsurprisingly Piorkowski ,the player of the second half, was the provider. He drove forwards in the right channel after some pedestrian aimless looking passing across the middle. Rather than driving for the bye-line the wing back looked up before playing in Scott Donnelly who seemed to have drifted unnoticed into the box. The midfielder took a touch before passing the ball past Myles Bowman into the bottom corner.
Experienced Rams watchers wondered if we would be watching a home onslaught and the points slipping away but in truth it was The Rams who continued to make the better chances with Losasso and sub Jon-Jo Bates drawing saves from Smith.
Bates then had strong claims for a penalty ignored by Mr Mackey when he appeared to be bundled over in the box as he burst between two hesitant defenders and tried to get another shot off.
Honours even in the end.
Next for The Rams another short and tricky visit to take on high flying Chesham on Saturday.
Hayes and Yeading United
1. Jack Smith
2. Jamie Riley [Sub 14 Hassan Jalloh 45]
3. Connor Toomey
4. Keano Robinson ©
5. Callum Buckley
7. Scott Donnelly
8. Gabriel Piorkowski
9. Manny Duku
10. Ogo Obi [Sub 16 Jamie Hanlon 88]
Subs Not Used:
12. Joe Weight
15. James Clark
17. Matt Hall
Manager: Paul Hughes
1. Myles Bowman
2. Callum Webb [Sub 14 Nathan Webb 19]
3. Mayo Balogun
4. Jerome Ecclestone
5. Luke Neville
6. Wes Daly © [Sub15 Jon Jo Bates 66]
8. Ade Shokunbi
9. James Ewington
10. Charlie Losasso
11.Louis Stead [Sub17 Kane Guy Seifert 89]
Subs Not Used:
12. James Taylor
16. Anthony Mendy
Manager: Gary Meakin
Attendance : 174
Ref: Mr Michael Mackey - Assistants: Jide Ogumba - Richard Morris