by Swindon Advertiser
Photo © Motion Sport Photography
Form team Hayes and Yeading United were held to a 1-1 draw against Swindon Supermarine on Tuesday night at the Webbswood Stadium.
Lee Spalding welcomed the London club off the back of a satisfying one-goal weekend victory over Farnborough on the road.
But Hayes arrived full of confidence too following a string of successful results – which included wins against Gosport Borough, Yate Town and Blackfield & Langley since the turn of the month.
But another standout performance by goalkeeper Martin Horsell, coupled with Henry Spalding’s 47th minute equaliser, earned Marine a point to move them onto 57 points from 31 games. Hayes still occupy the final play-off spot with most teams now left with a dozen more games to play.
Hayes and Yeading couldn’t have started the game better after they took the lead with only three minutes on the clock. A lapse in defence just inside the Marine half allowed Francis Amartey the freedom to run at the goal and plant the ball in the far corner.
Both Henry Spalding and Conor McDonagh had chances to equalise, but missed the target and Marine ended the half a goal down.
Like their visitors in the first half, Marine made a jet-propelled start by scoring two minutes after the restart.
From a free kick 25-yards out the ball feel to Henry Spalding found himself in some space just inside the right side of the penalty box and slammed a left-footed effort into the top corner of the net for a deserved equaliser.
With a number of chances falling each side neither team could find a winning goal, though, as the match ended in a deservedly 1-1 draw.
HT: 0-1 FT: 1-1
Manager: Lee Spalding
Line-up: 1. Martin Horsell 2. Louis Spalding 3. Michael Hopkins 4. Jamie Edge 5. Matt Williams 6. Mat Liddiard (c) 7. Henry Spalding (17. Alex Henshall 89m) 8. Calvin Dinsley 9. Harry Williams) 10. Conor McDonagh 11. Ryan Campbell
Subs not used: 12. Joe Shepherd 14. Matt Coupe 15. Brad Hooper 16. Stuart Fleetwood Goalscorer: Henry Spalding 47m
Star Man: Martin Horsell
Jamie Edge 45m
HAYES & YEADING UNITED
Manager: Paul Hughes
Line-up: 1. Dan Lincoln 2. Joe Grant 3. Jack Williams 4. Oluwasanmi Odelusi 5. Liam McDevitt (c) 6. Matthew Hall 7. James Clark (14. Hassan Jalloh 72m) 8. Omar Rowe (16. Toby Little 72m) 9. Immanuelson Duku 10. Francis Amartey 11. Karl Cunningham (17. Connor Toomey 90m)
Subs not used: 15. Scott Donnelly
Goalscorer: Francis Amartey 3m
Star Man: Oluwasanmi Odelusi
James Clark 45m, Francis Amartey 65m, Karl Cunningham 83m
Referee: Lisa Benn (Wantage) Assistant Referees: Mark Forman (Carterton), Dan Frizzell (Carterton)