THE green shoots of recovery are clearly visible at Beaconsfield Town after a 1-1 draw at Hayes & Yeading United in the BetVictor Premier South on Tuesday night, writes Rob Stevens.

The Rams had been struggling for results all season but have secured seven points from a possible 12 over the Christmas period to give themselves a boost in the battle against relegation.

Beaconsfield broke the deadlock early on at the Skyex Community Stadium as Louis Stead beat two players and crossed the ball for Jordan Ajanlekoko to head home at the far post.

The visitors had two good chances to double the advantage after half-time as Stead fired in a shot after good work from Ade Shokunbi but the Hayes keeper got down well to save, then Charlie Losasso played in a great ball for James Ewington but his shot was well kept out.

Hayes & Yeading equalised when the ball was worked into the box and Scott Donnelly finished past keeper Myles Bowman in the 64th minute.

The Rams almost bagged a late winner as substitute Jon-Jo Bates ran into the box and, despite being held back by two defenders, got a shot away which the keeper was able to save.

The draw means Beaconsfield remain second from bottom in the league table but now just a single point behind Yate Town in the relegation/promotion play-off spot ahead of a short trip to rivals Chesham United this Saturday (3pm).

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PHOTO: Beaconsfield Town star Charlie Losasso.

Chesham United reached the semi-final in the Southern League Challenge Cup after a 3-0 win against Coalville Town at The Meadow on Tuesday night.

The Generals broke the deadlock two minutes into time added on at the end of the first half in the quarter-final tie as Bayley Brown tapped in after a sloppy clearance from a free-kick.

The home team were gifted the chance to double the advantage after the break when Stuart Pierpoint needlessly fouled Bradley Clayton inside the box and Romario Hart converted from the spot.

Chesham made sure of their progress late on as Clayton fired into the top corner from the edge of the box.

Chalvey Sports extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to four matches after a 2-1 win at rivals Holyport in Hellenic League Division One East.

The Stabmonks have not tasted defeat since the loss at unbeaten league leaders Risborough Rangers last month and they now stand in eighth position in the table, level on points with Wokingham & Emmbrook in fifth.

The visitors to Summerleaze Village took a two-goal lead, one from Jason Marney, in the second half before Paul Woodhouse halved the arrears for Port late on.

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PHOTO: Chalvey Sports forward Jason Marney, centre, scored in the win at Holyport.

Chalvey welcome bottom side Abingdon Town to Arbour Park whilst Holyport host Risborough Rangers at Summerleaze Village this Saturday (3pm).

Penn & Tylers Green remain in the top 10 following their 1-1 draw with Wallingford Town at Holloways Park.

Penn turn their attention to the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy and a home tie in the quarter-final against Mortimer this Saturday (2pm).

Marlow United are out of the Hellenic League Floodlit Cup this season after a 1-0 defeat at league rivals Kidlington Development.

The Flying Blues remain to league action with a trip to Milton United this Saturday (3pm).