Nov 24 2012 By Paul Warburton
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Corby Town 3-2 Hayes & Yeading United
HAYES & Yeading threw away a two-goal lead three minutes into injury time and miserably exited the FA Trophy on an awful afternoon in Corby.
The pitch just about survived a 12.30pm inspection as rain and wind swirled around the aptly named Steel Park that was cold comfort for United Trophy hopes this season in the first round proper.
But it was all H&Y in the first 45 minutes as they weathered the conditions better and deservedly went ahead when Mark Bentley headed home after 31 minutes.
Life was sweet right at the end of the half when overworked keeper Paul Walker did well to stop a strike from Daniel Wishart, but could do nothing to deny Luke Williams (pic) that put H&Y 2-0 up.
If manager Nas Bashir’s half-time team talk appeared relatively easy, he must have wished he was coaching basketball in the last 30 minutes so he could have called a timeout.
All the confidence and impetus from the first 45 minutes disappeared from his troops when Carl Piergianni pulled one back on 55 minutes. And Corby had a goal ruled out for offside before they finally levelled eight minutes from time through Jason Crowe.
With the referee poised to blow for full time, two subs sank United.
Leon McKenzie met a great delivery from Marc Magna for the winner – and former QPR player, and now Corby caretaker manager ,Chris Plummer could hardly believe his luck.