Match Data 2005/2006
Shea Saunders (Wallis-Tayler, 55)
Carl Wilson-Denis (Harrison, 81)
Michael Bartley (90)
Liam Feeny (Price, 74)
Shaun McAuley (Goodall, 69)
Jeff Goulding (Jordan, 25)
Michael Bartley’s injury time goal gave the Hawks a late scare after the side cruised through ninety minutes to a 2-1 victory against Hayes at Church Road this afternoon. The visitors took an early lead when Rocky Baptiste fired home a throw from Tony Taggart in the 13th minute, and eleven minutes later Taggart claimed his debut Hawks goal when he followed up a rebound off Missioners keeper Kevin Davies to plant the ball in the net from the edge of the box.
Despite holding court for much of the second half, the Hawks couldn’t replicate the five goal score line from last year’s encounter, but against the run of play Bartley scrambled the ball home seconds from injury time when Gareth Howells and Tom Jordan collided trying to make a clearance.
Ian Baird’s side remained unchanged from last week, with last minute paperwork still needing to be completed before new signings Jordan Fowler and Fitzroy Simpson can take to the pitch in Hawks’ shirts.
The Hawks worked up the slope during the first half into a glaring winter sun, attacking initially from the left with Taggart playing an integral role on the wing. Despite the hard work however, Shaun McAuley broke away for the hosts, sending in a cross to Jeff Goulding, who nodded swiftly home at the near post, but well offside.
Robbie Pethick lofted a free kick toward the box that looked bound for Tom Jordan, but the defender was hauled down by Orlando Jeffrey as he tried to latch onto it with claims for a penalty going unheeded.
Minutes later though the Hawks went ahead when Taggart launched a throw to Baptiste, who turned the ball into the box through several defenders and released a low shot that skidded past Davies inside the near post.
Kevin Warner then sent a free kick from Liam Feeny wide as the hosts tried to recover, but play quickly returned to the other end where Pethick took a short corner scooped into the box by Taggart and cleared away by Goulding. The striker took the ball on a lengthy run, lost it, and Baptiste picked up the return on the edge of the Hayes area for a rasping drive that Davies could only parry. The loose ball fell to Taggart, racing in behind Baptiste, for a well-placed volley from the edge of the box that beat the stranded keeper and neatly dropped over the line.
Two up and looking confident with only 24 minutes played, the Hawks could have been forgiven for thinking a larger score line was on the cards, and should have been, but for a loss of urgency and some stout defending from the hosts.
Warner would have tried when he found space on the edge of the Hawks box, but a well timed tackle from Neil Sharp cleared the danger. Marvin Bartley also managed a good streaking run up the right wing, but McAuley bundled into a mowed down Howells as he tried to get on the end of his cross.
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Warner opened the second half with a chance ricochet that went past the post, but the Hawks maintained their composure and played out a half of missed chances while keeping the Missioners for the most part pegged back. Sustained pressure eventually lead to a blocked shot from Pethick as the Hawks crossed the ball back and forth along the edge of the area. Taggart then sent in a deep cross for Baptiste to head to Davies, and the pair combined again with Taggart sending a beautiful ball up the line for Baptiste to fire across Davies and wide.
Howells then claimed a cross from McAuley and followed by taking the ball from substitute Stuart Goodall’s feet. Pethick rolled a free kick to Taggart, wide on the left for a low cross that was hoofed away, and the on fire midfielder then brought the ball up the other wing to drag back for substitute Byron Harrison to scoop the ball over a defender and onto the post.
The Missioners found a consolation goal seconds from the end of the ninety when a long ball forward got caught between Howells and Tom Jordan, who collided trying to clear allowing Michael Bartley through to scramble the ball home.
The goal brought a nervy end to an otherwise bland, but competently played Hawks game, with Goulding driving in a hard shot caught by Howells and the Hawks keeper then managing to recover a loose ball after a deflected shot during the five minutes of injury time.