Match Data 2010/2011
Jon McDonald (Igoe, 80)
Joe Keehan (Tiryaki, 72)
David Wheeler (Crellin, 89)
Lyle Taylor (Hunt, 81)
The Hawks’ stop-start season continued at lowly Lewes this afternoon, where a recently resurgent Rooks side won 2-1 to record their third victory in a row.
An open but goalless first half gave way to a cagier second, until Chris Breach got a touch on Jermaine Wright’s wickedly curling free kick in the 67th minute to nudge it inside the back post. Eight minutes later the hosts doubled their advantage when David Wheeler poked home a poorly defended free kick.
It wasn’t until four minutes from the end that the Hawks eventually found the net; Ian Selley managing to finish from close range after Manny Williams and Mustafa Tiryaki tricked the ball past defenders in the box.
Matters should have been very different as the Hawks looked to take the game by the scruff of the neck at the start. A quickly taken Jon McDonald throw lingered over the Lewes box and before it could be cleared Joe Keehan sent it wide with just 45 seconds on the clock.
When breaking, Lewes looked to attack from the right and the ever dangerous Wheeler charged forward from a quick free kick and squeezed a shot free of McDonald to force a save from Nathan Ashmore.
Coming forward again on the end of a free kick, Wheeler took the ball to the line and sent it square through the box in front of Lyle Taylor, who couldn’t capitalise.
The Hawks gained a free kick just outside the box when Breach pulled back Williams. Selley sent the ball in and Williams hammered a shot into defenders that rebounded for Ian Simpemba to drop a header wide of the post.
Wheeler broke on the right yet again and repeating his earlier effort sent the ball superbly through the six yard box again from the line. This time it was Gary Noel guilty of missing the chance.
Attacking again from a free kick lofted in by Selley, Keehan touched the ball on, but Williams couldn’t steer it home.
Looking the more powerful side toward the end of the half, Lewes had Wheeler to thank for the chances they carved out. Yet another excellent cross from the number seven left Taylor to scoop a shot over the bar.
Wes Fogden broke on the left and made space to turn the ball back for a speculative effort that Lewes keeper Chris Winterton swiped at and missed as it bounced out off the bar.
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The Hawks started the second half brightly, but after five minutes of pressure had one shot to show for it after Steve Ramsey’s firm effort forced Winterton to turn the ball round the post in the air. Ramsey and Williams then tied themselves in knots trying to create space for a shot.
Noel’s darting run on the right took the ball almost to the line, but his attempt to shoot came from too narrow an angle.
Selley’s ball up the middle put Fogden through, but his weak shot went across and wide.
Play switched ends again and Noel made a better effort with his next attempt, drawing a low save from Ashmore.
McDonald’s quick throw up the line put Williams ahead of the pack, but yet again a poor finish left Winterton untested.
67 minutes in, the game looked as though it was drifting toward a goalless draw before Wright’s free kick from way out on the left curled viciously through the box at chest height and took the slightest of deflections from BREACH to turn it inside the post.
Eight minutes after that the hosts doubled their lead when a poorly defended free kick went loose in the Hawks’ box and WHEELER claimed a deserved goal when his lunge poked the ball past Ashmore.
Wheeler then drew a save from Ashmore after he got the better of Leon Cashman with a long ball and ran on to fire from the right.
Four minutes from the end the Hawks finally found the net when Williams and Tiryaki played the ball between themselves inside the Lewes box to work it past defenders and SELLEY was well placed to thump it home.
Lewes should have added a third when Jake Newton miscontrolled a long ball and late substitute Ben Hunt was allowed through with only Ashmore to beat. As the Hawks’ keeper rushed toward him he tried to bend a shot round the keeper, but put it wide of the post.