Steely Salisbury Hold Hayes to Draw

Many Ray Mac regulars arrived at the ground on Saturday not expecting too much from the game with the arrival of free-scoring and high-flying Hayes and Yeading as the opponents.

So far this season, the Hillingdon based side had scored 69 goals from their 27 fixtures and boasted the best defensive record in the league.

What transpired despite the trepidation of the home supporters was a very evenly fought contest with both sides largely cancelling each other out on the first half. That’s not to say there wasn’t entertainment, however, and the away side created the best chances of the half.

Their two chances came in quick succession after 10 minutes when first Wassmer’s header was adjudged by the referee to have been tipped over by the stretching Beauchamp. The resulting corner presented Francis Amartey with a header from a few yards out which hit Beauchamp as the keeper blocked at point-blank range.

Level at half-time after what became niggly half, both sides upped their game and Salisbury were starting to create chances.

First Darren Mullings drew ‘oohs’ from the crowd with a diving header that went just wide of the upright on 53 minutes from a Diaz cross. Then on 65 minutes, Salisbury took the lead.

Mullings was involved again, this time combining with the returning Dan Fitchett to set up Antonio Diaz who finished smartly putting his angled shot across the keeper before celebrating in front of the Salisbury supporters.

The lead, however, was short-lived. 3 minutes after Salisbury had taken the lead the game was level. Moses Emmanuel was able to bundle the ball home after a scramble and messy bit of play on the edge of the Salisbury area.

Both sides had chances to steal all three points with Josh Wakefield blazing over from the edge of the box when the ball was cut back to him.

The game ended with Salisbury finishing with ten men. Dan Fitchett was sent to the stand for reacting after a goalmouth melee that had seen Hayes ‘keeper Constable be nudged over the goal line with the ball. No goal was given and a straight red for the Salisbury striker.

The draw leaves Salisbury in 15th place in the table with another tough test as they travel to playoff hopefuls Chesham United on Saturday.

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