Match Reports 2010/2011
Bobby Hopkinson (Selley, 77)
Manny Williams (Ramsey, 77)
Report by Kevin Ricketts for the Sports Mail
THE HAWKS scrapped to a 1-1 draw against Weston-super-Mare in a fractious contest at Woodspring Park.
Guiseppe Sole looked to have won the game for the Hawks six minutes from time with a superb individual goal. But the hosts hit back to level inside two minutes to deny the Hawks a much-needed win.
The visitors were still without injured Sammy Igoe but fellow midfielder Ian Selley returned on the bench after a calf strain.
In the early minutes when Bobby Hopkinson lost possession just inside the Weston half, the home side launched a quick counter-attack. Dayle Grubb cut in from the right and saw his low drive blocked on the edge of the area.
Guiseppe Sole cleverly skipped past two tackles before finding Wes Fogden wide on the right, but the return ball was cut out.
On 10 minutes Ian Simpemba made a last-ditch block after Dayle Grubb threaded the ball through to Sahr Kabba.
Neither team was able to create any clear-cut openings on the heavy playing surface, though the pacey Kabba looked a threat for the hosts.
The Hawks created their first chance on 19 minutes after good work by Manny Williams and Jake Newton down the right flank.
Newton cut the ball inside to the unmarked Fogden whose effort from eight yards in front of goal was blocked by a defender.
Sole dinked a good ball over the home defence and goalkeeper Lloyd Irish was forced to rush to the edge of his box and take the ball off the feet of Fogden.
Weston threatened when Kane Ingram got behind the defence from a free-kick but his heavy first touch took the ball behind for a goal-kick.
A slip by Matt Villis allowed Williams to send Fogden clear down the left but the defender got back to recover.
It was a solid if unspectacular first-half performance from the Hawks who had come under little threat from the home side.
A foul on Sole gave the Hawks a free-kick in a dangerous position 20 yards out but Tiryaki could only fire his effort against the defensive wall.
Hopkinson’s long-lofted free-kick was easily taken under his crossbar by Irish.
Four minutes before the break, the game flared up as players from both sides briefly confronted each other on half-way after Williams went down in a tackle.
On the stroke of half-time, Tiryaki wasted a good opportunity when he got the better of his defenders, only to blast his shot over the top from a good position.
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It continued to be a scrappy affair at the start of the second half, although the Hawks did force an early corner.
That came to nothing and the visitors had Paul Hinshelwood and Tiryaki booked in quick succession as the game became more and more fractious.
Irish had to punch the ball away from the head of Hinshelwood after Sole delivered a long, hanging cross to the far post.
On 63 minutes, the home side threatened when Kabba cut in from the left and saw his goal-bound shot deflected behind for a corner. Soon afterwards, Grubb sent a long-range volley dipping over the bar.
Hopkinson became the third Hawks player to be booked when he brought Dayle Grubb down on the edge of the box.
Following a good Hawks break, Tiryaki flashed a low drive past the post.
A mistake by Sam Pearce almost proved fatal. The defender let the ball run under his foot and, though Kabba got around Howe, the angle proved too tight.
On 77 minutes the visitors made a double substitution, sending on Selley and Steve Ramsey for Hopkinson and Williams.
Six minutes from time, the Hawks made the all-important breakthrough after a superb piece of skill from Guiseppe Sole.
Receiving the ball from Tiryaki, SOLE burst past three defenders into the area and coolly slotted the ball past the keeper.
The joy was shortlived, however, as within two minutes danger man KABBA turned and fired home the equaliser at the near post.