DANNY Wishart’s speculative 30-yard free-kick earned Hayes and Yeading a point against Barrow this afternoon.
Wishart’s leveller cancelled out Jack Mackreth’s opener at Kingfield to give United a share of the spoils, despite the protests of Barrow who believed they were wrongly disallowed a second-half winner.
Nas Bashir handed a debut to ex-Charlton Athletic full-back Yassin Moutaouakil but the Hayes & Yeading faithful were made to wait for a glimpse of the returning Will Hendry as the midfielder withdrew from the squad due to illness.
Luke Williams forced Sean Pearson into early action as he rode a couple of Barrow challenges in midfield before firing a 20-yard drive at the keeper who turned it round the post inside the opening five minutes.
But it was the visitors who grabbed the opener when United failed to deal with a free-kick played high into the box and Jack Mackreth nipped in to sweep the ball past James Beasant.
Andy Cook could have doubled the advantage on the half-hour mark, however the Bluebirds striker’s decent first-time effort scraped the outside of the Hayes & Yeading far post.
And just as it looked like Barrow would head in at the break in front, Wishart (pictured) hit a hopeful free-kick from 30-yards which somehow found its way through the wall and into the bottom corner to draw United level.
But conceding the equaliser just before the interval did little to dampen Barrow’s spirits and the influential Adam Boyes forced Beasant into an excellent save with his body just after the restart.
Barrow left-back Gavin Skelton was forced to clear off the line from Williams as the clocked ticked past the hour mark at Kingfield and the home side began to apply pressure.
But Barrow kept their shape and thought they had found the breakthrough on 78 minutes when Paul Rutherford’s shot came back off the post and forced Tom Cadmore to scramble the ball of the line – although the Barrow bench claimed it was a goal.
And Barrow continued to search for a winner, Cook hitting the bar with a late looping header but United held on to claim a hard-earned point.
Hayes and Yeading: Beasant, Moutaouakil, Cadmore, Ujah, Wishart, Soares (Gameiro, 72), Crockford (Gladwin, 85), Lee, Joseph-Dubois, Williams, Collins (Bettamer, 81).
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