THIRD QUALIFYING ROUND: Kingstonian 1 Hayes & Yeading United 3
Garry Haylock began Saturday facing Kingstonian and ended it facing a police inquiry following an eventful afternoon at Kingsmeadow.
The football in between was perfectly entertaining in its own right and yet Hayes & Yeading United's 3-1 victory was almost forgotten against an unsavoury backdrop of the manager's dismissal and subsequent mauling after his walk through the home fans.
He was fortunate to survive that without serious injury, as were United, who were given a real run for their £7,500 prize money by a lively Ks side which plays two divisions below them.
Dean Lodge was at the heart of most things - including when Haylock was sent to the stands - as he led United a merry dance for three-quarters of the tie.
The winger, who scored four times in the previous round, caused all sorts of problems with his pace as Kingstonian were probably the better side in the first half and if he possessed a better final ball United would not have reached half-time unscathed.
As it was Bobby Traynor, Carl Wilson-Denis and Adam Thompson all threatened the visitors' goal in the opening 10 minutes before Neil Lampton's header,
which deflected off Matt Ruby, was brilliantly stopped by a strong hand from Delroy Preddie. Lodge then fired a rasping shot just over following a mistake by Nevin Saroya, standing in for Tom Cadmore whose midweek foot injury restricted him to the bench.
United's familiar problems defending corners also resurfaced.
The best chance for the Ks, however, came from another error which resulted in Wilson-Denis going clean through and rounding the stranded Preddie only to slice well wide as Saroya tried to cover.
United had plenty of chances too, if not quite so clear-cut.
Ram Marwa timed his run perfectly to get on to Will Hendry's through ball only to be wrongly flagged offside, Danny Allen-Page tested Luke Garrard, Steven Gregory rifled a rising effort over and Hendry caught the Ks napping at a free kick but Josh Scott, United's most dangerous player, squandered the opportunity with a poor first touch.
United struggled to keep hold of the ball up front and at the break Scott Fitzgerald, who was utterly dominated by Thompson, on loan with United from Staines last season, made way for Kieran Knight.
The change worked immediately because in the opening seconds of the second half Knight won a header from Preddie's kick, Marwa nodded the ball into Hendry's path and he thumped it past Garrard. That further infuriated home fans who ended the half baying for Hendry's head after he was booked for persistent fouling and then handled the subsequent free kick.
However, the lead lasted only five minutes as Lodge tormented Neil Martin once again, went down under very little contact and the referee pointed to the spot. Traynor smashed home the spot kick to really light the touch paper on the cup tie.
Scott mis-hit a couple of chances for United before in the 65th minute Martin clearly tripped Lodge on half-way to not only earn a booking but the aftermath ended with the two managers squaring up and Haylock being sent to the stands.
The football was all but forgotten for 10 minutes until Knight produced a fine touch and an even better raking ball to find James Mulley in acres of space on the left.
He attacked Lampton and was brought down for the second penalty of the game which Scott comfortably dispatched.
When Lodge again went clean through in the 83rd minute but was denied by another solid stop from Preddie, Kingstonian's chance had gone.
James should probably have won a second penalty when he appeared to have be brought down by Garrard but seconds later Mulley did claim another spot kick, although he looked to have dived as Jon Neal withdrew his challenge. With Scott having been substituted, Hendry stepped up to rub more salt into the wound.
Knight wasted two late chances to increase the final margin but as it was a 3-1 winning margin was still rather flat-tering given the first 80 minutes of action.
UNITED: Preddie, Allen-Page, Martin, Saroya, Ruby, Marwa, Mulley, Gregory (Perkins 47), Fitzgerald (Knight 46), Hendry, Scott (James 82). Subs not used: Collins, Cadmore, Solomon, Howe.
Goals, Kingstonian: Traynor 51 (pen). United: Hendry, 46, 88 (pen); Scott 80 (pen). Att: 578.