Match Data 2011/2012
Havant & Waterlooville 2
Lee Peacock (McDonald, 90)
Craig Braham-Barrett (Jones, 72)
Paul Telfer (Piper, 73)
Alan Bray (Orilonishe, 79)
Ramone McCrea (Watkins, 70)
The Hawks threw away a two goal half time lead to draw 2-2 with plucky Sutton United at Westleigh Park this afternoon.
The hosts stormed into the lead off the back of a confident opening when Ryan Woodford connected with Sammy Igoe’s 19th minute corner for a bullet header past former Hawk Kevin Scriven.
The Hawks then doubled their advantage in the 34th minute when Craig Braham-Barrett capitalised on a defensive error and charged through the Sutton defence to fire between Scriven’s legs.
But Tony Taggart’s 51st minute header brought the visitors back into the game and a tight second half ensued; the Us finally drawing level nine minutes from the end when Sam Page volleyed in a free kick from Harry Beautyman.
Midweek signing Neil Barrett went straight into the side, partnering Perry Ryan in the heart of midfield. Igoe and Braham-Barrett stood outside them with Lee Peacock and Wes Fogden at the front. The back four comprised of Chris Arthur, Chris Holland, Woodford and Jake Newton.
After two defeats on the road the Hawks returned home with a fast paced start and within two minutes Fogden forced an awkward one handed save from Scriven after trying to flick the ball past the keeper.
Sutton replied with pressure from a free kick and a brace of corners, but it was the home side who looked more threatening in the early stages.
Igoe’s shot deflected just wide, but sent Scriven into a full length dive to be sure. From the corner the hosts took the lead in the 19th minute. Igoe’s ball back in sailed across the box perfectly for an unmarked WOODFORD to connect with a bullet header that gave Scriven no chance.
Igoe tore forward again and lofted in another cross that Scriven punched clear of Peacock.
Igoe and Fogden then combined to work the ball forward for Newton to scoop it back from the line with a cross that Braham-Barrett met at the back of the box with a downward header that bounced up for Scriven to claim.
At the other end Leroy Griffiths came close for Sutton when he picked up a long goal kick and ran on to deftly flick the ball over Hawks keeper Lyall Beasley, only to see it drop inches over the bar.
The Hawks doubled their led in the 34th minute with help from a defensive error. Igoe’s cross should easily have been cut out by Simon Downer, but the defender lost control of the ball and BRAHAM-BARRETT raced in to steal it and ran through to fire a shot under Scriven.
Havant and Waterlooville 2
Sutton United 0
Any thought that the Hawks might run away with the game in a similar style to the 4-1 battering of Truro in their last home encounter were firmly cast aside as Sutton rose to dominate the second half.
The Us forced their way back into the game six minutes after the break when a free kick was worked up the right to where Beautyman crossed it neatly for TAGGART to turn it home with a header.
With their tails up Sutton gained confidence and seconds later Downer sent a header over the bar from a Taggart corner.
Griffiths remained potent and his free kick skirted the wall for Beasley to collect before the striker tried again with a header that went wide.
The second half had been all Sutton and the Us drew level nine minutes from the end when Beautyman lofted in a free kick from the left. The ball was cleared only vertically amid a tangle of players in the goalmouth, and when it dropped PAGE was there to smash it home with a volley.
A grandstand finish followed as both sides went all out to find a winner. First Griffiths saw his drive from the left stopped one handed by Beasley before the loose ball was scrambled away.
Play switched ends and late substitute Scott Jones rifled a shot in from narrow on the right only for Scriven to spill the ball right in front of Peacock, who could only manage a header wider.
Another former Hawk, Craig Watkins, flashed a shot narrowly wide of the far post and just into injury time Sutton were denied a late winner when Watkins’s close range header was palmed away by Beasley for Craig Dundas to bundle the ball home offside.