Match Reports 2010/2011
Havant & Waterlooville 1
Wes Fogden (Sole, 77)
Steven Ramsey (Selley, 61)
Mustafa Tiryaki (Scott, 77)
Toby Little (Quiassaca, 70)
The Hawks were denied a win on the last day of the season when Staines super-sub Mario Quiassaca came off the bench to score an equaliser as the two sides drew 1-1 at Westleigh Park.
Manny Williams put the Hawks ahead in the 34th minute when he pounced to prod home a loose ball after Swans keeper Louis Wells could only parry Steve Ramsey’s initial shot into the striker’s path.
For much of the game it looked as though the hosts would keep enough of an edge in the meaningless mid-table encounter, but when Quiassaca arrived in the 72nd minute, his first astonishing touch of the game was a 20 yard rocket that slammed in off the far post.
Having given run outs to fringe first team players in recent games, Shaun Gale restored Williams and Mustafa Tiryaki to the front of a strong Hawks side for this last match.
Williams snatched the ball from Scott Taylor in the middle of the pitch and fed it forward for Sammy Igoe to run on to. On the rock hard pitch however it was keeper Louis Wells who got there first.
Alex Duffy was busy at the front for Staines through much of the game, and his first effort was blocked by Jake Newton.
Staines then came forward again on the wing, and Warren Harris’ run ended with a shot from the right that flashed across the far side of the goal.
Fogden’s run ended with a pass square along the edge of the box for Steve Ramsey to attempt to curl a shot round Wells, but the keeper took the ball out of the air.
Ramsey then missed a perfect opportunity to put the Hawks ahead when clever play from Williams set him up with the ball 12 yards out, but with only Wells to beat, Ramsey blasted his shot over the bar.
Duffy then tried twice; the first effort forcing Nathan Ashmore into a dive to cover his post as the ball went wide, before smashing a second effort over the bar.
The Hawks took the lead in the 34th minute when Ramsey tried with a third firmly struck effort that Wells couldn’t catch, but succeeded only in parrying it back into the box. Amid the scuffle, WILLIAMS managed to poke it home between defenders.
Jake Newton then stole the ball from brother Howard on the edge of the Hawks’ box and ran the full length of the pitch before his final pass to Williams was cut short by the Staines defence.
Havant and Waterlooville 1
Staines Town 0
The Hawks tested Wells twice with half hit shots from range at the start of the second half. Williams set up Tiryaki for the first, driven across the deck from 20 yards and easily gathered, before Ramsey hit a similarly low powered effort after the ball was cleared to him from a corner.
Toby Little’s effort at the other end was more firm, and bounced off Ashmore with no one to capitalise on the loose ball. The Hawks keeper then claimed a free kick curled into the box by Duffy.
As Staines began to threaten, Little scooped a shot in from the edge of the box and as it dropped sharply, Ashmore cleared with a punch under his bar amid a tangle of players on the line.
70 minutes in Staines made an inspired substitution, bringing on QUIASSACA for Little, and within seconds the striker had the Swans level. From out of nowhere outside the box on the left, his brilliantly angled strike sailed past Ashmore and went in off the far post.
Quiassaca then almost gave his side the lead when his second shot came off the post again and bounced free on the line before being hastily cleared.
Igoe’s long diagonal picked out Guiseppe Sole perfectly, and with time to compose his shot, Sole tried to slide the ball between Wells’ legs only for the effort to be blocked.
On the whistle Quiassaca gained his second chance to snatch the game for Staines when he went up with Ashmore for a cross from the right and headed the ball onto the post.