HASLEMERE II 3, YATELEY 3
A FIRED-UP Haslemere were aiming to avenge an earlier defeat against Yateley and skipper Charlie Millsom called for the defensive approach that has proved effective against strong opposition in Hampshire 1.
Haslemere struggled to get a foothold in the match early on and Yateley were soon in front. But the home side responded superbly and equalised when Zac Thomas followed in on Millsom’s initial shot to score from close range.
Yateley’s full press was hard to resist, though, and the visitors regained the lead with an outstanding goal.
But Haslemere heads never went down and they rattled Yateley by scoring twice from short corners. First, Jamie Cashman converted beautifully into the top corner, and then Millsom played a wicked ball to the back post for Jacob Hall to deflect in.
Leading 3-2 at the break, Haslemere were more aggressive in the second half, but the play became scrappy and there were cards of various colour for both sides.
Keeper Nick Short and defenders Charlie Gregory and Tom Gee put up a solid wall in front of Yateley, while Olly Bamber and Ali McGregor worked tirelessly in midfield.
The visitors finally drew level from a short corner, but a draw felt like a victory against the former Regional side.