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HAYES & Yead­ing United con­tinue to ap­ply the pres­sure on their ti­tle ri­vals in the Isth­mian League South Cen­tral Divi­sion.

Their point at Brack­nell Town in Satur­day’s 3-3 draw keeps them in the driving seat should they win their games in hand.

It started brightly for third-placed United, who were ahead in­side a minute when Scott Don­nelly despatched a penalty af­ter Scott Bridges had been brought down.

The game then turned on its head with Brack­nell lead­ing 2-1 at the break, but goals from Toby Lit­tle and Has­san Jal­loh looked to be enough for United to grab a win, be­fore for­mer United man Har­ri­son Bay­ley notched the equaliser for the home side in the 85th minute.

Dis­ap­pointed not to have se­cured all three points, but up­beat about the place the club now sits in the league, Hayes boss Paul Hughes said: “We knew that they would play with two in mid­field so we tried some­thing dif­fer­ent at the out­set, but that wasn’t work­ing so we quickly changed back to our usual for­ma­tion and in the sec­ond half we cer­tainly got what we asked them to do and we got a re­sult.

“To come away from home against one of the fan­cied teams when per­haps we weren’t fully at the races is good and the sort of thing we need to be do­ing if we want to be chal­leng­ing for the ti­tle.

“We all know foot­ball is not easy. You look at the other re­sults in the divi­sion and no­body is romp­ing away. We’ve got a great goal dif­fer­ence and games in hand, but they need to be won. Im­por­tantly we haven’t lost here and given one of our ri­vals a two-point ad­van­tage. If we ap­ply those right en­ergy lev­els ev­ery game, we will build re­sults and we build suc­cess.”

“We’ve got a 100% record at home in the league this sea­son and we’ve got a cou­ple of home League games now ahead of us. We now need to con­tinue that form and take that record into the Christ­mas pe­riod and beyond.”

United face FC Ro­ma­nia on Satur­day, fol­lowed by Westfield at home on Tues­day De­cem­ber 11.

Mean­while, Weald­stone were beaten 3-0 at home in Na­tional League South by East­bourne Bor­ough as Ryan Hall scored a brace.

Chris­tian Smith was sent off just be­fore half-time for a rash chal­lenge which hardly helped the hosts’ cause, while short-term loa­nee from Read­ing Myles Roberts was a sig­nif­i­cant change in goal as he came in for reg­u­lar keeper Jonathan North.

Weald­stone’s de­fen­sive unity seemed to be up­set by the change and they failed to take a cru­cial chance too when Bradley Bubb earned a penalty in the 57th minute, only for Danny Green’s kick to be saved.


Hayes boss Paul Hughes (right) said it was im­por­tant not to lose

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