Cirencester earn a valuable away point to climb out of the relegation places.
Hayes & Yeading United 1 - 1 Cirencester Town
A battling away performance from a young Cirencester side against a much bigger Hayes & Yeading side earned the Centurions a valuable away point to take them out of the bottom four in the Southern League Premier Division.
The first half was ‘end-to-end’ with the home side pressing and Cirencester counter attacking but on the stroke of half time Hayes & Yeading opened the scoring after they were awarded a penalty kick. OLU DUROJAIYE struck the spot kick inside the left post as Harvey Rivers dived in the opposite direction. 1-0.
Hayes & Yeading began the second half positively but Cirencester held on and equalised after a cross-field move found Ollie Knight in space and he drove to the side edge of the penalty before clipping a cross towards the back post. Home 'keeper Louis Wells got his hand to it but it dropped near the right post where AIDAN BENNETT followed up to finish from 2 yards. 1-1.
The game became ‘cut and thrust’ and with 15 minutes remaining Cirencester nearly took the lead when a superb Bennett header looked destined for the top right corner until Wells intervened to push it over his crossbar.
Cirencester finished the game strongly but were unable to add to their score.
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