UNITED went into Monday’s match playing their third game against Hykeham in 10 days.
As the game kicked-off the rain was falling and the only action in either goalmouth came after 10 minutes when Hykeham’s Robin Newman headed over from a right wing cross.
Much of the first period was a midfield tussle, but United opened the score midway through the half when an Andy Reeson corner found Callum Hyland, who headed home from six yards in a crowded area.
On 30 minutes Crossley had a great chance to increase United’s lead when, with only the keeper Sizer to beat, he shot over the bar.
The second half started as the first had finished with the game being played out in the middle of the park, but on 55 minutes Hykeham’s direct play won them a penalty when a long ball was not cleared by McGuigan and Joby Gowshall brought down Mark Newman.
James Cooper scored from the spot.
Hykeham continued to pursue a direct approach but Miles Chamberlain and Joby Gowshall gave good protection to Smith in goal.
United’s next real chance came on 80 minutes when a ball into the box was not cleared and Scutt and Crossley both had chances to score.
United need to win at Cleethorpes on Saturday for any chance of the title.
TEAM - Smith, Chamberlain, Drysdale, Chamberlain, Gowshall, McGuigan, Hyland, Scutt, Reeson, Hallam, Crossley. Unused - Callaby and Wilson.