Apr 7 2012 By Matt Lewis
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Hayes & Yeading 0 Cambridge United 0
DWANE LEE saw red as 10-man Hayes & Yeading failed to find their shooting boots against Cambridge United this afternoon.
The stalemate at Kingfield leaves the hosts rooted in the relegation zone, trailing Telford by four points after they played out a goalless draw with fellow relegation candidates Newport yesterday.
There was no place in the squad for former Charlton Athletic full-back Yassin Moutaouakil who was replaced by Sam Argent on the right side of the United defence.
Phil Walsh was also missing as he served the final match of his three-game suspension and Julian Owusu had to settle for a place on the bench despite his late heroics at Southport.
Both sides made a quiet start to the game and top scorer Tom Collins was first to try his luck with a long-range curler that grazed the top of Robert Ambrusics’ crossbar.
Cambridge recovered their composure and Harry Pell forced the first save from Steve Arnold before Jack Eades blazed wide after being set up by Luke Berry.
As half-time approached there had been little invention on display, however Piero Mingoia showed his creativity by embarking on a solo run from the halfway line before firing over.
The second period started in same vein with neither team really threatening, Luke Williams missing the target for the hosts as the clocked ticked towards the hour mark.
Boss Nas Bashir again turned to Owusu to try and inject some energy into the United attack as he entered the fray with on-loan Millwall striker Aiden O’Brien.
But the strike pairing struggled to find a cutting edge and Lee’s dismissal for a reckless challenge on Andy Pugh all but killed off his side’s remaining hopes of snatching all three points.
United played out the remaining 10 minutes to hold onto a draw and it was all either side deserved after a poor attacking displays at both ends of the pitch.
Hayes & Yeading: Arnold, Argent, Cadmore, Pele, Spence, Mingoia (Warren,), Hand, Lee, Williams, Collins (Collins, 63 ), Wishart (O’Brien, 63).
Subs (not used): Beasant, Bentley.