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Whites exit FA Cup
FA Cup Third Round Qualifier
Hayes & Yeading 2-1 Salisbury City
Whites: Puddy, Udoji, Clarke, Matthews, Hart (c) (Preen 45), Sinclair, Clark, Lewis, Brett, White, McPhee
Subs not used: Scott, D Clarke, Flint, Hough,
Scorer: McPhee (6)
SALISBURY CITY’s hopes of beginning another memorable FA Cup journey were dashed in a cruel manner at the Kingfield Stadium.
The visitors burst into a sixth minute lead through Chris McPhee’s penalty kick and they stood firmly in control.
But sloppy marking allowed Callum Butcher to pop up and head home an equaliser on the stroke of half-time.
And as the closing stages drew ever nearer, a replay looked inevitable, until a spectacular set-piece from Luke Williams in stoppage time sent the Whites crashing out of the cup.
During Salisbury’s second outing over the space of three weeks to Hayes, they started the tie with great promise again.
Inside six minutes, Theo Lewis ejected his pace down the wing and tormented the Hayes defence, before being clattered to the ground by Butcher.
The referee showed no hesitation but to award a penalty and McPhee grabbed the chance with both hands to smash his side in front.
Jamie White looked to have doubled Salisbury’s lead with a drilled effort, which was stopped by the dangling legs of James Beasant.
Although Kudus Oyenuga, and Williams provided a slight threat at times for Hayes, they hadn’t really tested keeper Will Puddy.
Then Robbie Matthews and Lewis had chances to clinch a second and ensure a bit of breathing space, but it wasn’t to be.
At the end of the first-half a lack of communication in Salisbury’s defence let Daniel Wishart pick out Butcher - who redeemed himself for his earlier slipup – by steering home the leveller.
The goal provided the hosts with a much-needed boost and City were left back-pedaling during spells in the second-half and Oyenuga came closest to completing the comeback.
Butcher was in the thick of things again, but this time he only received a yellow card for a high elbow into Lewis’ face.
But as the final whistle was on its way, a replay was on the cards as both sides squandered chances to snatch the winner.
But that all changed in the 91st minute as Salisbury’s afternoon was turned upside down and any attempts of surpassing last season’s achievements were wrecked, when a sensational free-kick from Williams bounced off the underside of the bar and rolled over the line.