BLUE SQUARE SOUTH: Bognor Regis Town 1 Hayes & Yeading United 1
Josh Scott struck late on to salvage a point for Hayes & Yeading United as their league campaign continued to stutter away to Bognor Regis Town.
Bottom side Bognor, with only two wins all season and near-certainties for relegation after being hit with a seven-point deduction for fielding an ineligible player, should have presented United with an excellent opportunity to get their campaign back on course.
However, only Scott's 14th goal of the season staved off defeat, leaving United with just one win in nine league games, and their cause was further hampered in the closing stages when Will Hendry was sent off for a second caution.
United started the match in lively fashion with their three forwards, Josh Scott, Kieran Knight and Staforde Palmer, back from his loan spell with North-wood, breaking quickly.
Scott cut the ball back to Hendry whose shot curled just the wrong side of the post yet Bognor hit back and from a corner Nathan Lynch saw his header blocked on the line by Ram Marwa.
Jahson Downes' low centre was just missed by the stretching Lynch who then had the ball in the net in the 26th minute after Aaron Howe pushed a Downes shot into his path, but he was ruled offside.
As play continued to switch from end to end Scott smashed a free kick through the wall but not past Chris Tardif who did well to beat it away and Knight headed just over from a cross by Steve Perkins, starting only his fifth game of the season.
Howe saved from Downes but just before half-time Bognor opened the scoring with a hotly disputed penalty given for handball against Gary MacDonald, who many felt could not possibly have avoided the ball and several United players were booked for protesting, including unused substitute Delroy Preddie.
Sam Pearce, the subject of Bognor's points deduction, smashed home the penalty.
Hendry was foiled by Tardif from a free kick at the start of the second half yet Bognor played with spirit that belied their lowly position and United had Howe to thank for keeping them in touch.
Matt Ruby threw himself in the way of a Jack Smith shot and Danny Smith's strike was destined for the net until it was tipped over by Howe, who produced another fine save to keep out a chip by Downes and then blocked with his feet to deny Danny Smith's fierce effort.
Time was beginning to run out when United produced one of the moves of the match as Hendry found Scott who cut the ball back into the middle, Knight appealed that he was impeded and while the referee waved play on, Marwa controlled but blasted just over from 10 yards. However, just as it looked like Bognor were going to hang on, a substitution by United manager Garry Hay-lock inspired an equaliser.
Omari Coleman came off the bench and with his first touch he flicked on Howe's long clearance, Scott raced on to the loose ball and slipped it past Tardif. Hendry was then sent off but Bognor were unable to use their advantage to any effect in the remaining time.
UNITED: Howe, Mulley, MacDonald (Coleman 85), Cadmore, Ruby, Marwa, Perkins (Allen-Page 68), Knight, Scott, Hendry, Palmer (Botham 68). Subs not used: Collins, Preddie. Goals, Bognor: Pearce 42 (pen). United: Scott 85. Attendance: 333.
* Ex-Yeading striker DJ Campbell made it two goals in two games on loan for Blackpool, grabbing the first to help his side upset former club Birmingham 2-0.
Meanwhile,former Hayes keeper Bertrand Bossu played the final 35 minutes of Aberdeen's Scottish Premier League clash with Rangers, helping the Dons to a goalless draw following an injury to Jamie Lang-field. Bossu has also played a couple of CIS Cup games for Aberdeen.