Injury-plagued Leyton Pennant were forced into a second half rearguard action to claim a point at a rejuvenated Yeading on Saturday.
Coming off the back of a four-game unbeaten run in the Ryman League first division, the home side fought back bravely after Trevor Hercules had given the Lilywhites the lead.
Only a series of crucial saves from keeper Shaun O’Neill and a desperate last-ditch challenge by Cyril Baffour prevented a home win.
Missing the injured Tony Dixon and Billy Read, as well as the suspended Tony Marsh, boss Lyndon Lynch was forced to reshuffle and was thus delighted with the point. He said: “We had a total of six first team regulars missing so I was very pleased to get a point. Billy Cove was outstanding up front on his own and the result just shows the strength in depth at the club.”
The change seemed to work as the Lilywhites started brightly. Adrian Allen shot wide after a good break and the visitors went one up on the half hour. Allen played a neat one two with Billy Cove, took advantage of a lucky bounce and drilled a low shot that was parried into the path of Tyrone Hercules who slid the ball home.
The home side came back strongly and were quickly level. A swirling ball into the box caused all sorts of problems and when O’Neill spilled it, Duncan lashed the ball home.
O’Neill more than made amends as he was forced into several excellent saves both before and after the break.
But despite the concerted home pressure, the Lilywhites held out and had the best chances of the second half.
Baffour sent a shot wide after a good run. Allen saw his goal-bound header blocked and, in the very last minute, Cove met substitute Robbie Drake’s cross but the keeper somehow saved with his chest.