Sep 26 2012 By Guy Martin
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Hayes and Yeading 3-2 Heybridge Swifts
NAS Bashir admits his side made hard work of Sunday’s FA Cup win at home to Heybridge Swifts.
A first-half brace from Kudus Oyenuga was followed by a tumultuous second period, in which Mark Bentley was dismissed and United conceded twice, needing a Jerome Anderson (pictured) strike to progress.
It was Bashir’s first FA Cup victory in the Kingfield dugout but he was made to sweat as his team threatened to undo their hard work in the first 45 minutes.
“In the first half we were in control,” he said. “We probably needed the third goal and had enough chances but didn’t take them, and at 2-0 you’re always at risk.”
James Beasant had to make a smart early save but the keeper was then little more than a spectator as John Goddard and Oyenuga both missed chances in the 26th minute, before the former Spurs man tucked in a ball played over the top five minutes later.
After another five minutes, he added a second from the spot when he had been brought down. United looked comfortable for a while, until Beasant was called on to make another stop just before the break.
He saved again shortly after the restart but midfielder Ben Newson tucked home the rebound, a goal that visibly increased Heybridge’s confidence. Substitute Tobi Joseph could have increased the deficit again but twice missed chances.
The tension increased further with 17 minutes left as the referee whistled for a late Bentley tackle moments before Heybridge had the ball in the net.
Although the official could not give the goal, he brandished a yellow card for the foul. It was Bentley’s second, and earned him his marching orders.
Anderson appeared to have sealed a comfortable win on 82 minutes with a smart run and finish but Heybridge battled on and scored in stoppage time through Michael Cheek to give Bashir a nervy finish.