Match Data 2011/2012
Tonbridge Angels 1
Sammy Igoe (Ryan, 86)
Scott Jones (Palmer, 74)
Bobby Hopkinson (Braham-Barrett, 54)
T Olorunda (48)
Anthony Storey (Suarez, 85)
Ade Olorunda (Kinch, 85)
Kayne McLaggon (Henry, 78)
The Hawks battled their way to their first win on the road since the opening day of the season with a hard fought 2-1 victory over tenth placed Tonbridge Angels at Longmead Stadium this afternoon.
The visitors started brightly in what was the first encounter between the teams since August 1998, and took the lead in the eleventh minute when Steve Ramsey’s low shot escaped keeper Lee Worgan’s reach to bounce in off the foot of the post.
Tonbridge struck back three minutes into the second half when Tim Olorunda’s downward header went under Lyall Beasely, but the Hawks shrugged off renewed vigour from their hosts to snatch a winner eight minutes from the end after substitute Ollie Palmer headed home Craig Braham-Barrett’s cross.
Rumours in midweek that Northampton Town defender Chris Arthur might make a return to the Hawks proved well founded, and the left back started in place of Jon McDonald. Packing the midfield again, Shaun Gale opted to start with just Scott Jones at the front after the striker’s brace of goals last week put the Hawks into the final eight of the senior cup.
Anthony Storey’s early free kick fell to Kayne McLaggon on the edge of the Hawks’ box, but the striker could only turn to shoot straight at Beasely.
Bobby Hopkinson’s ball through the middle put Igoe away, but when the winger crossed, Jones could only send a soft effort into Worgan’s grasp.
The Hawks then took the lead through a swiftly executed move as RAMSEY took on a through ball to enter the box from the right and aim a shot at the far post. Worgan dived superbly, but it wasn’t enough to stop the ball slipping past him to bounce.
Frannie Collin’s free kick caused agitation in the Hawks’ wall, but his effort blazed high over the bar.
The game began to drift in the wake of the Hawks’ goal, and it wasn’t until the 32nd minute that the hosts mounted another threat; this time McLaggon shooting wide after breaking on the right.
Ramsey then tried again when he took on a free kick but fired high, and then scooped the ball into the box to no effect after Jake Newton took it to the line.
Storey took a free kick at the other end, but Newton cleared when the ball came through to Collin.
Igoe and Newton then combined brilliantly to escape with a Tonbridge free kick taken almost from the corner flag, breaking quickly enough to reach the other end of the pitch unchallenged. Newton’s cross hung in the air, but Jones couldn’t get above it and sent his header over the bar.
Approaching half time the hosts missed a great chance to level when Collin fired the ball into Pearce and it rebounded for Danny Walder to smash a venomous drive toward the roof of the net that slammed into the bar.
Tonbridge Angels 0
Havant and Waterlooville 1
Having failed to impress in the first half, Tonbridge came back fired up for the second and pinned the Hawks back in a ferocious opening that saw them score after just three minutes.
A corner lofted high over the box was headed back in from the rear and OLORUNDA was there to angle a downward header under Beasely that flicked up off the line.
The Hawks’ keeper was then wrong footed by a deflected shot when the Angels came forward again, but the ball spun mercifully wide of the post.
Tonbridge kept up their pressure and Sonny Miles tried next when a short corner lingered in the box.
But Tonbridge’s initial vigour didn’t last, and the Hawks slowly worked their way back into the game.
When the visitors did get forward, Arthur made it to the line and flicked the ball back for Ramsey to fire a curling effort into the side netting.
Igoe was next to try with a close range volley that Worgan managed to palm away after Jones headed on a cross from the right.
Local fans were incensed when Pearce’s attempts to force Collin off the ball didn’t result in a penalty, instead the side earned a corner sent in by Storey and cleared easily by Peace.
The Hawks could have retaken the lead soon after when Igoe was left free in the middle of the box to connect with a cross from Paul Hinshelwood, but his header went wide of the post.
Similarly, Pearce was left kicking himself when he had time to bring down a free kick from Igoe, but then scooped his effort over the bar from eight yards.
With the Hawks back in control at the end of the game, the match became a question of whether the visitors could sneak a late winner. It took the replacement of Jones with Ollie Palmer in the 74th minute for it to come. Eight minutes from the end Braham-Barrett crossed from the right again, and PALMER was there at the back unmarked to cushion a header into the net.