Match Data 2008/2009
Havant & Waterlooville 3
Wes Fogden (Ramsey, 83)
Paul Booth (Nightingale, 82)
Matt Gray (Castles, 78)
Matt Jones (Bernard, 86)
Reece Prestedge (Hill, 78)
Marlon Patterson (Harris, 66)
The Hawks bounced back from Saturday’s disappointing defeat to put three unanswered goals past Bishop’s Stortford at Westleigh Park tonight, securing the side their second home win in eight days. The rousing display saw the Hawks in rich form, taking the lead in the 64th minute when a clever piece of opportunism saw Craig Watkins intercept a short back pass and thump home the opener.
Six minutes later Matt Gray doubled the lead when his glancing header on the end of a Brett Poate free kick guided the ball into the far corner, and eight minutes from time Wes Fogden made it three in spectacular fashion when his solo run from midfield ended with a fine shot from the edge of the box that beat keeper Nicky Eyre’s dive.
Changes to the side that lost at Welling included Paul Booth returning to the front in place of Luke Nightingale, although more significantly Fogden moved into an attacking role in midfield, replacing Gary Holloway and allowing Matt Gray to take up a place on the wing.
The changes in midfield brought dividends straight away as Fogden got amongst the visiting defenders, narrowly missing a cross from Watkins in the opening minutes. Gray then followed with a narrow angled shot that keeper Nicky Eyre palmed wide.
Robbie Martin played Watkins through with a subtle ball that split the Stortford defence, but the striker couldn’t keep hold of it.
Marlon Patterson’s left wing running looked set to trouble the Hawks as he repeatedly brought the ball forward, but with no one to meet his crosses the danger was minimal.
More attention grabbing was Grant Cooper’s 30 yard free kick that curled the wall and slammed into the bar, coming back into play for the Hawks to break quickly. Bursting through defenders at the other end, Watkins fired wide.
Booth’s flick put Fogden through again, but his shot was blocked by oncoming keeper Eyre.
Havant and Waterlooville 0
Bishop’s Stortford 0
Having kept the threat from their visitors to a minimum in the first half, the Hawks all but killed it completely in the second. The weekend’s debacle was left far behind as pass after pass connected, leading to a constant menacing of the Blues’ goal.
Fogden was brought down as he tried to take on a flick from Booth, leading to a caution for Cooper, and a free kick that Gray sent over the bar.
Watkins fired low into Eyre, who spilled the ball for Fogden to send it over the bar.
At the other end, Reece Prestedge managed a rare shot that drew a save from Kevin Scriven, but the visitors had a lucky let off when a poor clearance left Martin to set up Watkins for a shot that the striker swung at and missed totally.
A goal seemed an inevitability, and it came eventually in the 67th minute when WATKINS stole in to intercept a backpass and lifted the ball away from Paul Goodacre before slamming it past Eyre.
Six minutes later the Hawks doubled their lead when Brett Poate curled in a free kick from out by the dugout and GRAY met it at the near post with a glancing header that sent it down across the goal and into the bottom corner.
The midfielder then followed with a second effort that bent neatly round Matt Jones and went out with Eyre in mid-flight trying to reach it.
Eight minutes from the end Fogden sealed the win with an amazing solo effort. Jones stretched awkwardly for the ball as it passed him almost on the centre line, and went down leaving FOGDEN to pick it up and run the distance to the edge of the box brilliantly, cutting inside defenders to launch a shot back across the goal that slot perfectly inside the post.
Late substitute Steven Walker was denied a fourth goal when his flick off a cross from Martin was palmed wide by Eyre, as was Gary Elphick when his header from a Brett Poate corner was stopped on the line.