Match Data 2010/2011
Havant & Waterlooville 0
Steven Ramsey (Tiryaki, 66)
Lewis Spence (Main, 75)
The Hawks battled their way to a 0-0 draw against Dover Athletic at Westleigh Park tonight. In a match that displayed end to end football for long periods, neither side could break the deadlock.
Dover came closest twice in the second half; first when Adam Birchall snuck in at the back for a chip that was headed off the line by Ian Simpemba, and then later when Jon Mainís low drive from the edge of the box was blocked by keeper Aaron Howeís legs.
Shaun Gale could name Ian Simpemba and Mustafa Tiryaki in his side, the pair having served their suspensions, although the latter started on the bench.
Having been beaten at home by the Hawks just seven days previously, the Whites were out to assert their authority from the off and with less than 30 seconds on the clock Donovan Simmonds rifled a firm shot over the bar.
The Hawks struck back quickly though and Tom Wynter was forced to head clear over his own bar after Guiseppe Soleís cross from the right cut into the six yard box.
Harry Baker then broke on the right as play switched ends rapidly again, and Barry Cogan flashed a shot across the goal that almost went in on the far side.
Fast paced end to end action would dominate the game, with both sides able to get the ball forward quickly, however neither were able to convert the running to solid chances in front of goal.
Nathan Ashtonís handball just outside the box gave the Hawks a well placed free kick, but Soleís effort slammed into team mate Ian Selley in the wall.
Sole then broke again and spread the ball wide to Manny Williams, whose cross back from the wing landed on the roof of the net.
33 minutes in, the Hawks came within a whisker of taking the lead when Williams crossed again from the wing and Steve Ramsey connected with a wickedly curling volley that didnít bend quite enough to sneak inside the post.
Havant and Waterlooville 0
Dover Athletic 0
The equal balance of the game remained through the second half, but it was the Whites who had the edge with several clear cut chances. The first came shortly after the restart when Birchall got round the back to pick up a long cross and chipped it back with a well angled shot that left Howe no hope of reaching the ball. Simpemba however got back just in time to head it clear on the line.
Baker then broke free and looked set to shoot before Paul Hinshelwood slid through his shot and blocked it.
The best chance of the half for the Hawks then followed when Hinshelwood fired low and hard from the edge of the box and the ball deflected as it head goalward, wrong footing Ross Flitney but going inches wide of the post.
Jake Newton combined with 66th minute substitute Tiryaki to present Wes Fogden with the ball in front of goal, but the midfielder couldnít get a shot off.
Dover almost forced the lead when Jon Mainís low drive caused Howe to drop and block with his legs. The ball rebounded and with Howe still down, Birchallís diving header popped the ball wide.