Match Reports 2011/2012
Havant & Waterlooville 4
Scott Jones (Nwokeji, 88)
Warren McBean (Pearce, 67)
Craig Braham-Barrett (Scott, 82)
Walker (pen, 90)
Andy Taylor (Cooke, 84)
The Hawks ended their early season slump in style with a 4-1 hammering of early pace setters Truro City at Westleigh Park this afternoon.
It took the hosts just three minutes to find the net after Wes Fogden turned home Craig Braham-Barrett’s cross, and the side were two up at the break when Scott Jones sent home a Fogden cross with a header that went in off the bar.
Jones, making his first starting appearance for the Hawks, scored a second in the 71st minute after he took a through ball on past City keeper Tim Sandercombe. Perry Ryan, also making his Hawks debut, then completed the tally with eight minutes to go when set up by Fogden.
City could only claim a consolation from the spot at the start of injury time after Chris Holland brought down Les Afful and Scott Walker converted the penalty.
Injuries led Shaun Gale to experiment with his side again. Ryan returned to the left back position after being absent since the end of his pre-season trials, and Ryan Woodford also started in a back four completed by Chris Holland and Jake Newton.
Braham-Barrett and Fogden flanked the midfield line, with Paul Hinshelwood and Steve Ramsey in the middle. New boy Jones was joined up front by Warren McBean.
Having come under criticism for their last three poor performances, the Hawks went all out at the start and pinned their Cornish guests back.
It took just two and a half minutes of the relentless onslaught for the hosts to find the net. Braham-Barrett cut in neatly from the left and squared the ball along the six yard line for FOGDEN to send a sweeping shot home at the back post.
Andy Taylor could have replied quickly for Truro, but he sent his volley spiralling over an open goal when he got on the end of a free kick. Holland also carefully took the ball away from Steve Adams with a well timed sliding tackle as Truro began to come forward.
The Hawks came within inches of a second goal when Braham-Barrett tore his way up the left again and sent a perfect cross to the back post for McBean, who somehow managed to miss what looked an easy header.
The action was all Hawks and Woodford slammed a shot into bodies in the box before Fogden danced his way in from the line and saw another effort blocked by Sandercombe.
The post was next to deny the Hawks when Ramsey’s 30 yard free kick skimmed through the grass and came back off the foot of the upright.
The hosts eventually got the second goal they deserved seven minutes from the break when Fogden’s right wing run ended with a cross that lifted for JONES to claim a perfect header that went in off the underside of the bar.
Just before the half time whistle the Hawks almost made it three when fluid passing between Newton and Fogden left McBean to turn the ball over the line at the back post, inches off side.
Havant and Waterlooville 2
Truro City 0
Ramsey’s third free kick of the match was diverted round the post for a corner as the game recommenced. When the ball was lofted back in, Holland made an ambitious attempt with an overhead kick that Sandercombe caught.
Jones crossed a threatening ball from the right that the City keeper raced forward to claim, and Holland tried with another shot that was blocked by Marcus Martin.
Truro though seemed more determined in the second half and looked like they might benefit when Ramsey was sent off with a straight red in the 66th minute after lunging into a fifty-fifty claim for the ball with Danny Clay.
But it was the ten-man Hawks who responded more quickly and rocked City with a third goal five minutes later when JONES deftly flicked the ball past the committed Sandercombe after being put through on the left.
The Hawks then made the win emphatic in the 82nd minute when lazy defending from Scott Walker allowed Fogden to steal the ball and race forward again, crossing precisely for RYAN to score on his debut with a neat effort slotted inside the near post.
City claimed a consolation at the start of injury time when Holland brought down Les Afful and WALKER put his penalty past Nathan Ashmore.