Jan 26 2013 By Richard Warwick
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Hayes & Yeading 2-2 Bath City
Hayes and Yeading stretched their unbeaten run to five games with a battling draw against fellow play-off hopefuls Bath City.
United twice fell behind but Adam Bygrave snatched a late leveller to secure a well deserved point.
A scrappy first-half, due in part to the heavy pitch following the recent bad weather, saw the home team struggle to keep the ball, leaving their opponents plenty of opportunities to counter down the wings.
United enjoyed an early spell of pressure and striker Alasanne N’Diaye had the first clear chance of the game when he was released on the edge of the box, but the Bath ‘keeper Jason Mellor was alert to the danger and raced out sweep the ball clear.
Bath continued to counter and were rewarded after 30 minutes when a corner, won after good work from Chris Allen down the left, was powered home off the head of centre-back Mark Preece, who rose unchallenged on the penalty spot.
United almost hit back within minutes when a clever back heal from Daniel Wishart released N’Diaye who shot low, but again the Bath keeper was quick of his line to turn the ball wide.
The visitors almost doubled their lead just before half-time when Josh Low broke down the left, but his well struck shot grazed the bar.
N’Diaye grabbed an equaliser 15 minutes into the second half when he latched onto a through-ball and hit a low shot past the keeper, but the parity was short lived when a similar ball through was finished by Allen to restore Bath’s lead.
United levelled again though, three minutes from the end, when Bygrave popped up in the box to slot home the ball after the Bath ‘keeper failed to deal with a free-kick in from the right by Hand.
Hayes & Yeading United: Hall; Spence, Brathwaite, Cadmore, Bygrave, Pele; Williams, Cox, hand; N’Diaye, Wishart.
Subs: Lowe, Oyenuga, Goddard, Butcher, Beasant.