Match Data 2007/2008
Havant & Waterlooville 4
Andy Gurney (Smith, 66)
Jamie Collins (Annon, 77)
Jamie Slabber (McEnery, 70)
Hayes & Yeading
Saroya (pen, 28)
Matt Hislop (Knight, 72)
Liam Collins (Barima, 81)
Stafforde Palmer (Edgerley, 46)
Justin Gregory started a three match suspension, causing a shuffle in the Hawks side that saw Poate drop back to cover the left back position while Tony Taggart moved to the left of midfield to make way for Andy Gurney’s league debut in the middle. Richard Pacquette returned to the side on the right wing and Neil Sharp replaced Jay Smith in defence, who dropped to the bench. Leroy Griffiths sat the game out injured, and Mo Harkin missed the action through illness.
United took the game to the Hawks in the opening minutes, launching an attack from a free kick before Liam Collins crossed for Simon Martin to head wide as he jostled with Jordan and Sharp.
But the Hawks, needing to recapture their confidence after last week’s defeat at Cambridge, stamped their authority on the game quickly. Nine minutes in, Rocky Baptiste cleverly stole the ball from Tom Cadmore and fired in a shot that was blocked in the box. The ball came back to Jamie Collins, who tried again with a tremendous effort that Delroy Preddie did well to reach with a dive. However, the keeper succeeded only in pushing the ball back into the path of Slabber, arriving from the other side, who raced onto the rebound to fire home.
The goal fired the Hawks into life and Baptiste performed excellently to round the defence again, pulling the ball back for Taggart to drive a hard shot at the far post, pushed round the post by Preddie.
Stafforde Palmer’s spiralling run at the other end then took him through the home defence for a well struck pass that gave Collins space to power a low shot at Kevin Scriven.
The Hawks also had a lucky let off when Jordan tried to clear a Steve Gregory corner, only to send it straight at Scriven’s chest with a powerful header that the Hawks keeper did well to get hold of.
In the minutes that followed Steve Perkins head wide from another corner for United and Shaun Wilkinson made a critical block to stop Collins firing from the left again.
Baptiste harried to steal the ball and played it off Slabber to make space for a shot he delayed in taking, and blasted into a defender in the box.
28 minutes in, United drew level with a surprise penalty. Poate’s nothing challenge on the ever busy Collins looked innocuous enough, but referee Iain Parsons pointed straight to the spot. Nevin Saroya’s penalty kick smashed into the inside of the post though, bouncing back over diving keeper Scriven to the other side of the goal. But Saroya was fastest to react and bounded in to angle the rebound back into the net.
Baptiste looked for a reply almost immediately as he cut through the visiting defence, but Preddie made a superb swipe from the ground to take the ball as the striker tried to round him.
The Hawks restored their lead in spectacular fashion 36 minutes in. Preddie conceded a second corner after punching out a first from Poate, and the midfielder sent his next effort arcing over the box to curl in brilliantly at the back post untouched.
Poate then ensured the Hawks went into the break still on top when he kicked a Perkins header off the line after the visitors won a corner themselves.
Havant and Waterlooville 2
Hayes and Yeading United 1
Any thought United harboured of mounting a second half revival was quashed four minutes after the break when Jordan put the Hawks further ahead, stealing in to bullet a header past Preddie from a Poate corner.
The visitors, having looked a potentially threatening side in the first half, flagged quickly and then all but rolled over when Baptiste fired in the Hawks’ fourth goal. Richard Pacquette lifted in a cross that was sent back into the midfield, and Gurney fired a low shot from 30 yards that Cadmore seemed to stop by landing on. The ball squirmed free of the hapless defender’s legs though, and Baptiste snuck in quickly to pick it up for a no nonsense close range finish.
Jamie Collins was unlucky not to add a fifth goal minutes later when his lashed half volley slammed into the post and ricocheted up to come back off the bar after a corner.
Under the intense sun the game began to drift as the clock wound down, Baptiste missing with a header after Collins popped a corner back to him in the six yard box.
Right at the end Poate curled a free kick wide after Wilkinson was brought down on the edge of the box.