Match Data 2010/2011
Sam Pearce (Martin, 80)
Guiseppe Sole (Williams, 64)
Pearce (OG) (77)
Owen Price (Malcolm, 75)
Kezie Ibe (Booth, 71)
The Hawks hung on until the 76th minute at Cherrywood Road this afternoon before conceding two late goals against league high flyers Farnborough. Two red cards just before half time saw Wes Fogden and Mustafa Tiryaki both dismissed in separate incidents, leaving the nine man visitors to fend off increasingly confident hosts in the second half.
Farnborough’s breakthrough finally came when Gary Holloway’s shot deflected in off Sam Pearce, and the hosts struck again a minute from the end when the Hawks were hit on the break and Bradley Bubb was left with an easy shot to wrap the game up.
Midweek signing Joe Keehan appeared in an attacking midfield role in the side while Manny Williams returned to the Hawks on the bench.
Owen Price’s dummy left Daryl McMahon to fire a free kick past the wall in the opening minutes, drawing a full length save from Aaron Howe that kept the ball out at the far post. A second free kick minutes later in the same spot left Price to try himself, but the effort went harmlessly wide.
Equal to their hosts, the Hawks found their first chance when Ian Selley’s free kick lifted over Ian Simpemba and fell to Keehan’s feet behind him. His shot though was kicked away as it reached the six yard box.
Howe caught a header turned goalward by Bubb, and at the other end a quickly taken throw by Guiseppe Sole bounced awkwardly for Keehan on the edge of the six yard box.
The Hawks continued to prove they could come forward quickly and Newton’s ball lifted in from the wing found Tiryaki before the striker was muscled off it trying to shoot.
The visitors’ best chance came when Tiryaki fought his way into the box and drew keeper Michael Jordan toward him, before slotting the ball sideways for Fogden. But the nippy midfielder collided with Keehan as the pair both tried to seize the chance.
Disaster hit the Hawks when two red cards in the space of two minutes saw them reduced to nine men. Fogden’s 43rd minute second yellow for a debatable dive saw players from both sides square up to each other, and two minutes later Tiryaki walked for a heavy handed tackle.
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Having started to look the better of the two sides before the break, the Hawks were forced into a second half rear-guard that for a long while looked as though it might yield a draw.
Simpemba was held back by Steve Robinson when trying to reach a long throw from Jon McDonald, and Farnborough raced to the other end where Bubb’s shot sent Howe into a dive but went wide. Price curled in a long shot that Howe collected, and the Hawks’ keeper blocked a further attempt when McMahon put the ball through to Kezie Ibe.
McMahon then curled a free kick over the wall and wide of the near post, and Price was booked for diving after he drew Howe to the edge of the Hawks’ box.
Farnborough then surged forward again and the Hawks were given a lucky let off when a shot hit the post and rebounded to Holloway, who sent it back squarely onto the post again.
The Hawks were finding it hard to escape their half of the pitch, but a chance came in the 72nd minute when Manny Williams, on for Sole in the 64th minute, battled his way forward to earn a free kick to the right of the box. Selley’s effort however was easily cleared.
The hosts finally took the lead in the 76th minute when Gary Holloway’s shot after a free kick deflected in off Sam Pearce, the goal given harshly to Pearce.
Bubb worked a chance for a second soon after when he brought the ball in from the left, but fired high.
The Hawks were attempting to gain purchase using McDonald’s throws to put pressure on the box, but stretched with only nine men the side were caught out a minute from the end when a Farnborough clearance led to a fast breaking run that saw Newton alone fending off three attackers. With the ball played off Paul Booth and the visiting defence in tatters BUBB was left with an easy finish to secure the win.
The Hawks came close to a consolation goal in injury time when Paul Hinshelwood combined with Newton to create space for a cross, but Williams’ header flicked wide of the post.