Thrills continue as Hawks move into final five games

Wed Apr 16 2014, 19:11

The thrilling conclusion to the Hawks' season continues tonight as the side take on Boreham Wood at Westleigh Park. A win would put the side into fourth place in the league after a floodlight failure at Concord Rangers last night denied Ebbsfleet United a likely victory. Moreover, only three teams would be able to nudge Lee Bradbury's men out of the top five positions with just over week of the league left to go. It will again be a busy one for the Hawks with five games still to play in the last eleven days of the season.

But the side are well versed now in playing high frequency games, with 18 already played in the last month and a half.

On Saturday a 79th minute penalty fired home by Nic Ciardini was enough to beat Concord Rangers, one of the few teams who can still displace the Hawks from the playoffs, and on Monday night an action packed opening saw the Hawks two goals to the good against visitors Bishop's Stortford with just ten minutes on the clock when Christian Nanetti scored two minutes after Scott Donnelly's penalty spot opener. That opening barrage was enough to see off the Essex side without further incident.

Such is the close knit nature of the top eight sides that the Hawks may yet need to win four of their remaining five matches to ensure a play-off berth, but an interesting match between fellow contenders Concord and Dover may shake things up further when they clash at the weekend.

Hawks stumble into fifth with impressive 1-0 win against Bromley

Sun Apr 6 2014, 15:18

The Hawks skirted into the play-off bracket yesterday with a slender 1-0 win over high flyers Bromley at Westleigh Park. A last minute penalty for Bishop’s Stortford against Dover meant the Hawks replaced the Whites in the all important fifth place.

The Hawks’ goal came just before half time when Bournemouth loan signing Aristide Bassele sidestepped the Bromley defence to fire home from the edge of the box, but the hosts had a lucky let off in the dying minutes of the game when Bromley substitute Louis Dennis’s header hit both the post and the underside of the cross bar before keeper Benji Buchel claimed the ball.

The win was a much needed shot in the arm for the Hawks after the side had staggered through their fifth consecutive three-game-a-week schedule. Draws away at struggling Chelmsford and Staines Town, followed by a 3-1 defeat at second placed Sutton United on Thursday, left the Hawks still hovering on the edge of the top five with a quickly diminishing backlog of games.

The Hawks can now look forward to the relatively sedate pace of two games a week for the remaining seven matches, with the first being a home match against 18th placed Maidenhead United tomorrow night.

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One point from the playoffs as Whitehawk are next to fall

Thu Mar 27 2014, 22:43

The Hawks top the pack chasing the all-important fifth spot in the league tonight as they rise to sixth after beating Whitehawk 2-0 at Westleigh Park. After an even first half Christian Nanetti was the first to score in the 52nd minute when he made the most of Nigel Atangana’s header from a cross by Nic Ciardini.

Scott Donnelly then put the Hawks two ahead in a second half that saw the hosts more in control when he rifled a weakly cleared corner under the bar from the edge of the box in the 74th minute.

The win brings the Hawks to the end of a fourth consecutive week playing three games in each, with a tough fifth containing three away games to come before the schedule drops to two a week for the remainder of the season.

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City beaten 1-0 as march toward play-offs continues

Thu Mar 27 2014, 20:48

The Hawks’ meteoric rise up the table continued on Monday night with a slender 1-0 victory over Bath City at Westleigh Park. The only goal of the game came in the 56th minute when Nic Ciardini’s deflected edge of the box shot defeated City keeper Jason Mellor in the wake of a corner.

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Kabba goal is enough to top Basingstoke

Sun Mar 23 2014, 11:15

The Hawks maintained their ninth place in the table yesterday with a 1-0 victory away at Senior Cup Final opponents Basingstoke. The only goal of the game came in the 19th minute. Scott Donnelly set it up when he intercepted former Hawk Jay Gasson’s poor attempt to clear and fed the ball into Sahr Kabba’s path. The striker then attempted to lift a shot over Dragons’ keeper Louis Wells, whose fingertip touch as it passed him wasn’t enough to stop the ball reaching the net.

The Hawks now sit seven points behind the play-offs with four games in hand on the top teams, the first of which is a tantalising match at home tomorrow night to sixth placed Bath City - a win against whom would see the Hawks up into seventh spot just below the Romans.

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UPCOMING FIXTURES:

Boreham Wood (home) 16 Apr / 15:00 - FCS

Weston-super-Mare (away) 18 Apr / 19:45 - FCS

Eastleigh (home) 21 Apr / 15:00 - FCS

Maidenhead United (home) 23 Apr / 19:45 - FCS

Tonbridge Angels (away) 26 Apr / 15:00 - FCS

Basingstoke Town (home) 12 May / 19:30 - HSC

TODAYS GONE BY:

16 Apr 2001 - Southern League Premier Division
Clevedon Town (home) : 1-0
Goals: D Leworthy

16 Apr 2002 - Southern League Premier Division
Hednesford Town (home) : 2-1
Goals: O Rourke, Connolly

16 Apr 2005 - Football Conference South
St Albans City (away) : 1-3
Goals: Taylor

16 Apr 2007 - Football Conference South
Yeading (home) : 4-0
Goals: Baptiste (2), Pacquette (2)

16 Apr 2011 - Football Conference South
Braintree Town (away) : 0-2

16 Apr 2012 - Football Conference South
Basingstoke Town (home) : 0-1

16 Apr 2013 - Football Conference South
Dover Athletic (home) : 1-1
Goals: Grant

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CURRENT TABLE:

Wed 16 Apr, 2014

Pld

GD

Pts

Eastleigh

39
32
83

Sutton United

39
36
74

Bromley

39
30
73

Ebbsfleet United

38
22
65

Havant and Waterlooville

38
15
64

Dover Athletic

39
23
62

Bath City

39
10
60

Concord Rangers

37
3
58

Staines Town

39
-4
57

Eastbourne Borough

39
-5
54

Weston super Mare

39
-6
53

Bishop's Stortford

39
-3
51

Boreham Wood

39
12
50

Gosport Borough

37
-6
48

Basingstoke Town

38
-1
47

Farnborough

39
-17
46

Chelmsford City

38
-23
43

Hayes & Yeading United

38
-4
42

Whitehawk

39
-18
41

Maidenhead United

38
-14
39

Tonbridge Angels

39
-28
38

Dorchester Town

39
-54
30