Match Report from Pete Crockett
The previous league match between these two teams was an eight goal thriller that Hayes & Yeading United won by five goals to three. This match was very much the opposite with two strong teams, both with eyes on a playoff spot, going toe-to-toe in a “no quarter asked and no quarter given” contest.
The first half saw the two teams grappling to gain control of the game with neither managing to dominate the other. The high energy tackling, pressing and tenacity of both teams meant that first half chances were relatively rare.
The host’s first meaningful opening came in the sixteenth minute when a Charlie Wassmer header was well saved by Marine keeper Josh Gould. Their next significant effort arose when Moses Emmanuel forced Marine’s Malik Sesay into two excellent blocks in the thirty-seventh minute. Then just before the half-time whistle good set-up play from Moses Emmanuel resulted in a Danny Green effort whistling past the post.
Marine also created some decent first half openings. With ten minutes on the clock they skilfully switched play from right to left. Zack Kotwica cutting in from the left flank hit an excellent low cross into the six yard box which a stretching Henry Spalding was unable to reach with a solid contact.
On forty-one minutes Harry Williams also gave the hosts a scare. Picking the ball up in the penalty arc he dipped a shoulder one way, dipped a shoulder the other. He dragged the ball from foot to foot desperately striving to create an opening for a shot. The gap created he then produced an effort that beat the keeper, grazed the cross bar, and rippled the top of the net.
Often in the second half, as players tire and energy levels drop, the match becomes more open. This was not the case in this contest with the midfield battle being hard fought and the quality of defending proving to be of a very high order throughout. On fifty-three minutes a flowing Marine move saw Henry Spalding go close with his effort sliding just wide.
Then the game’s potentially defining moment. In the fifty-ninth minute Josh Gould parried a shot clear of the goal. The ball fell free in the six-yard box and the Marine keeper dived to retrieve it. The host’s Moses Emmanuel fell under the keeper’s challenge and referee Daniel D’Urso unhesitatingly pointed to the spot. A silence fell over the ground as Moses Emmanuel readied himself.
He hit the penalty with ferocity but his effort cleared the Marine cross bar by several feet. This proved to be a costly miss for the hosts who from that point on struggled to break through the tenacious Marine midfield and their resolute back four. They managed to generate one further opportunity in the eighty-third minute when Adam Liddle created an opening for Moses Emmanuel whose goal bound effort was turned around the post by Josh Gould.
At the final whistle the home team will feel they should have gained all three points, particularly Hayes, having missed a penalty. However, that would have been harsh on a Marine team whose collective effort was laudable. To a man they battled for every ball. Each player worked with impressive zeal and energy to support their team mates demonstrating an admirable team spirit. At a ground where Marine’s past track record has not been great this was an excellent away point.
It would be unfair to name an individual player of the match in a fantastic team effort. Josh Gould was commanding in goal; Sam Turl and Ryan Campbell in the full back roles put in impressive performances; Malik Sesay and Mat Liddiard in the centre of defence were admirably unyielding; the midfield five of Henry Spalding, Brad Hooper, Jamie Edge, Joe Tumelty, and Zack Kotwica worked like trojans in their pressing and tackling; and Harry Williams as a lone striker gave his all proving a constant nuisance for the host’s centre backs.
This hard earned draw extends Marine’s unbeaten run to eight matches.
HAYES & YEADING UNITED
Manager: Paul Hughes
Line-up: 1. Jacob Adams 2. Cole Brown 3. Paul Field 4. Reece Cole 5. Charlie Wassmer (c) 6. Tarik Moore-Azille 7. Jean-Baptiste Fletcher (12. Roger James 76’) 8. Dan Green 9. Moses Emmanuel 10. Adam Little (14. Jamie Hanlon 86’) 11. Taylor Miles
Subs not used: 13. Simon Grant [GK], 15. Josh Lelan
Editors Star Man: Moses Emmanuel
Adam Little 50’, Moses Emmanuel 79’
Manager: Lee Spalding
Colours: All Blue
Line-up: 1. Josh Gould 2. Sam Turl 3. Ryan Campbell 4. Jamie Edge 5. Malik Sesay 6. Mat Liddiard (c) 7. Henry Spalding 8. Brad Hooper 9. Harry Williams (12. Conor McDonagh 90+3’) 10. Joe Tumelty 11. Zack Kotwica
Subs not used: 14. James Harding, 15. Leon Morrison
Editors Star Man: Josh Gould
Mat Liddiard 6’, Jamie Edge 50’, Malik Sesay 63’, Ryan Campbell 90’
Courtesy of Mike Wray
Post Match Team Sheet
Referee: Daniel D’Urso
Assistant Referees: Rob Alderton, Ben Maskery