Hawks begin the long haul with win against Hayes
Sun Mar 2 2014, 11:20
The Hawks started what will become an incredible run of 12 games in March with a 1-0 victory away against Hayes and Yeading yesterday. The hosts, who still play their matches at Woking’s Kingfield Stadium, were eventually beaten by a Ryan Woodford goal in the 82nd minute.
The game, incredibly only the second league match for the Hawks this year, went ahead after an early pitch inspection and both sides saw chances throughout on a heavy pitch.
The Hawks secured the points though when a Perry Ryan corner was flicked on by Christian Nanetti and the ball dropped neatly in front of the goal for Woodford to angle home from eight yards.
The win raises the Hawks to 13th in the table as their unusual season enters its final two months. While the side have enough games in hand to comfortably reach the play-off positions, the gruelling three-match-a-week schedule they now face to achieve that is a daunting task. The Hawks now face four away games in the next fortnight, as well as Monday night’s Senior Cup semi-final tie with Porchester at Westleigh Park.
Gosport triumph in Trophy semi-final
Sun Feb 23 2014, 18:10
The Hawks’ hopes of a dream trip to Wembley were dashed yesterday at Privett Park, where Gosport Borough inflicted a 2-0 defeat on the side in the second leg of the FA Trophy semi-final.
It was striker Tim Sills who secured Gosport’s passage to the final with a goal either side of half time. The first came just before the break when he connected with a Mike Gosney corner to send a header into the net, and the second on the hour mark when he found the net again with another headed finish.
Despite holding a one man advantage for the last half hour of the match after Brett Poate was sent off with a straight red card for kicking out at Perry Ryan, the Hawks were unable to force their way back into the game.
The side now return to league matters, starting with a home game on Monday night against Whitehawk. After this weekend’s league matches the Hawks are still clinging on to 14th place in the league, 15 points off the playoffs, but with anywhere ranging from three to ten games in hand in the sides above them.
All even after first leg
Thu Feb 20 2014, 12:26
The Hawks’ FA Trophy semi-final battle with local rivals Gosport Borough is poised on a knife edge after the sides drew 1-1 at Westleigh Park on Monday night. On a very heavy pitch both sides kept their sights on a Wembley final against either Cambridge United or Grimsby Town.
It was the visitors who broke the deadlock after a tense first half. Tim Sills ran through onto a long ball from the back sent upfield by former Hawk Sam Pearce, and ex-pro Sills slotted his shot across Scott Bevan into the bottom of the far corner.
The hosts were not to be outdone on their own turf though, and a minute from the hour Nic Ciardini equalised when he took on a short corner and brought it to the edge of the box before firing a low shot through Danny Smith’s legs and under Borough keeper Nathan Ashmore’s dive.
With semi-final ties settled by extra time and penalties, and not rules about away goals, both sides enter this Saturday’s second leg level-pegging, with Borough now taking home advantage.
Trophy game now Monday
Sat Feb 15 2014, 10:04
Today’s FA Trophy semi-final against Gosport has been postponed until Monday night due to the weather.
Hawks triumph in first league match since December
Fri Feb 14 2014, 07:24
The Hawks managed to play their first league match since December on Tuesday night, beating Dorchester Town 2-0 at the Avenue Stadium. The victory extends the side’s unbeaten run to an eye-opening 13 games in all competitions, a total made all the more impressive by the stop-start nature of a rain sodden season that has seen the Hawks play just two games in January.
It was a brace of goals from Scott Jones that secured the Hawks three much needed points. The first came in the 23rd minute when Nic Ciardini’s curling shot from outside the box came off defender Jake Smeeton for Jones to send home at the back post with a diving header. The Isle of Wight striker then hit the hosts with a sucker punch less than two minutes into the second half when he stabbed home a free kick crossed from the corner by debut making ex-Farnborough midfielder Scott Donnelly.
As the rain continues to fall, doubt has already been cast on the chances of tomorrow’s FA Trophy quarter final match against Gosport going ahead, and boss Lee Bradbury will now be more than ever aware that the best Trophy run the Hawks have enjoyed since 2003 has come at a cost of further postponed league games, meaning the side sit in 14th place in the table with anywhere between two to five games in hand on all of the teams above them. Winning those games would put the Hawks in the mix for the playoffs, but with no more midweek slots available for rearrangements before the end of the season and at least five still to fit in, the Westleigh Park outfit are already facing a tiring three match a week schedule during the run in. If the rain ever ceases.