Match Data 2011/2012
Havant & Waterlooville 4
Jake Newton (Hinshelwood, 58)
Vincent Pericard (McDonald, 46)
Ollie Palmer (Peacock, 86)
Kyle Critchell (Dovell, 71)
Jake Smeeton (Flood, 70)
Ashley Nicholls (Devlin, 70)
A tremendous second half comeback saw the Hawks go from 2-0 down to beat Dorchester Town 4-2 at Westleigh Park tonight.
The Magpies thought they had the game sewn up after just fifteen minutes when Ben Dickenson’s low drive into the bottom corner doubled the lead given the side by Gary Bowles’ 8th minute opener.
But the out of sorts Hawks returned from the break a different side and Ollie Palmer quickly followed his own 49th minute goal with a downward header ten minutes later to level the score before the hour.
The rampant hosts went on to dominate the rest of the game. When Sammy Igoe slammed the ball home in the 65th minute after Magpies keeper Alan Walker-Harris palmed a shot into his path there was no looking back. Ryan Woodford then completed the tally seven minutes from time when he swept home an Igoe free kick from the edge of the box.
The Hawks started unusually with Craig Braham-Barrett at left back in place of Jon McDonald, and Steve Ramsey replaced Lee Peacock in the middle of the park. Vincent Pericard retained his position after coming on for Palmer in the second half at Hampton on Saturday.
It was a starting line-up though that looked out of sorts from the whistle. Ramsey did send a free kick dipping onto the bar with just thirty seconds played, but it was the visitors who showed the appetite.
Nick Crittenden burst through on the right and crossed for Ryan Moss to send a glancing header past the far post, and Ashley Nicholls followed with a shot that Woodford managed to block.
Eight minutes in, Dorchester took the lead from a corner. Crittenden launched the ball to the near post where it was flicked on for BOWLES to slide in at the back and prod home.
Pericard’s clever back heel in midfield allowed Ramsey to run through and drive a shot from 20 yards that keeper Walker-Harris was forced to push round the post.
The Hawks’ increasingly uncomfortable looking back line was exposed again after 15 minutes and Ben DICKENSON cut in from the right and ran the edge of the box, turning a shot back toward the near post that snuck in at the bottom corner.
Dickenson then played a clever one two with Adam Mekki, carving open the Hawks on the left, and it was only Mekki’s poor finishing touch that denied the Magpies another clear cut chance.
Crittenden continued to rain dangerous looking corners over the box at any opportunity, Beazely pushing another away awkwardly as yellow shirts bunched around him.
Palmer managed an excellent fast breaking run as the half wore on, finding Igoe by his right, but the cross back went to no one. Having switched to three at the front with Palmer moving forward, the Hawks looked directionless and in need of a tactical rethink.
Dorchester missed a third goal just before the break when Dickenson’s arcing cross went ahead of Beazely to Crittenden, whose back post volley flew wide.
Havant and Waterlooville 0
Dorchester Town 2
Having left the pitch to boos from the crowd before the break, the Hawks returned a completely revitalised side. Key to the revival was the replacement at half time of the ineffective Pericard with McDonald, allowing Brahman-Barrett back into his more familiar midfield role with just Palmer and Jones at the front.
The changes paid dividends almost immediately. Just four minutes in Igoe tore up the right and crossed for Perry Ryan to pop a header at Walker-Harris that the keeper flapped back into play off the post. PALMER was then well placed to angle the ball home.
Ramsey then tried twice in the minutes that followed, his second effort drawing a low save.
But it was PALMER who struck again to put the Hawks on level terms ten minutes after his first goal when Igoe crossed again, and the in form striker took his fifth goal in four games with a downward header that flicked up off the line.
Braham-Barrett took the ball from Bowles as Dorchester began to disintegrate and fed it across to Palmer for a volley that went wide.
65 minutes in the Hawks took the lead as the onslaught continued. Jones fired a narrow angled shot from the right that Walker-Harris could only palm away as far as IGOE, who eagerly turned the ball home at the back post.
Mekki saw a rare forward run for the Magpies end when McDonald’s well timed tackled took the ball from him in the Hawks’ box.
Palmer then went on another long run to the line, from where he turned the ball back for Ryan to scoop over the bar.
The Hawks continued to pepper the Dorchester goal and Jones saw a rising drive lift over the bar before Braham-Barrett came in close for a deflected shot that Ryan ran onto and blasted into the keeper.
The hosts made it four seven minutes from the end when Igoe’s left wing free kick was pushed across the box and Jones sent it back in neatly for WOODFORD to connect and sweep home from the edge of the box.