Match Data 2010/2011
Havant & Waterlooville 3
Sam Pearce (Selley, 46)
Manny Williams (Tiryaki, 31)
Guiseppe Sole (Scott, 90)
Reece Connolly (Crittenden, 75)
The Hawks came from behind to beat Dorchester Town 3-1 at Westleigh Park tonight after a surreal second half moment turned the closely matched game on its head.
Steve Devlin’s superb 25 yard dipping drive put the visitors in pole position in the 9th minute, and it took the Hawks until the hour mark and an equally adept shot in off the post by Mustafa Tiryaki to equalise.
But when Ashley Vickers was bizarrely dismissed with a straight red after bringing down a mankini wearing streaker 70 minutes in, Dorchester’s composure fell apart.
Wes Fogden put the Hawks ahead six minutes later when he slammed home the rebound after Dan Thomas spilled Steve Ramsey’s long range effort, and before Ramsey himself scored the third in injury time the Magpies saw Jake Smeeton sent off for body checking Guiseppe Sole in a rash challenge and Kyle Critchell for voicing his opinion to the man in black in the aftermath.
Matters were very different at the start of the game however, and after an aggressive opening the Magpies took their quick lead when DEVLIN spotted Nathan Ashmore off his line and sent his shot over the keeper with enough spin to drop it under the bar.
Breaking quickly, Dorchester’s front pair of Ryan Moss and Chris Flood got behind the home defence repeatedly and the Hawks’ poor start worsened when Manny Williams went off injured after crashing into rock-like keeper Thomas some minutes before.
The Hawks came under more pressure as they tried to handle Dorchester’s muscle and Ashmore managed to deflect a shot from Flood wide before Jake Newton’s off the line clearance prevented another attempt from Reece Connolly.
Battered in another collision, concussion struck Sam Pearce also went down for some time before being replaced by Ian Selley at half time.
Havant and Waterlooville 0
Mark Jermyn’s vicious shot spun free of Ashmore’s arms at the start of the second half, and the keeper was drawn into action again with an acrobatic dive when Gary Bowles fired from outside the box.
But the Hawks began their revival on the hour when TIRYAKI received the ball from Fogden far out on the left, and with the players in the box expecting a cross, he hammered a shot at the near post that caught Thomas out and went in off the post.
Twenty minutes from the end the Hawks were once again guaranteed national media headlines when mankini wearing fan Alan Young ran onto the pitch causing the game to grind to a halt. Ashley Vickers’s dismissal for bringing the streaker down is now the subject of debate up and down the country, but for the game, the incident incensed Dorchester’s players and a breakdown in discipline followed that cost them the match.
Six minutes later, Ramsey’s drive straight through the hole left by Vickers came back off Thomas and FOGDEN was well placed to give the hosts the lead.
Smeeton then received Dorchester’s second red card of the game when he body checked Guiseppe Sole with a poorly timed challenge two minutes from the end of normal time, and Critchell followed in the aftermath for protesting.
Facing eight men, the Hawks ran riot in the match’s added time, and late substitute Bobby Lee Scott’s shot deflected only as far as RAMSEY on the other side of the goal.