Match Data 2011/2012
Scott Jones (Palmer, 78)
Bobby Hopkinson (Thompson, 57)
James White (Furlonge, 87)
Paul Terry (Osborn, 60)
Ben Hunt (Okah, 78)
Luke I Anson
The Hawks were forced to settle for a goalless draw with bottom of the table Thurrock at Ship Lane this afternoon. Bitter winds dogged a game that saw both sides mange to create few chances to secure three much needed points.
The hosts came closest late in the second half when Alex Osborn’s cross left Lee Boylan with an easy finish six yards out, but the striker’s shot blazed over the bar. Steve Ramsey then tried to force the win for the Hawks, but his near post effort took the slightest of deflections mid-flight and slammed into the post.
Hawks boss Shaun Gale opted to ignore the wealth of talent on his bench and started with the same eleven that lined up against Maidenhead United last weekend. A tanned Ollie Palmer returned from his mid-season break to rejoin the side.
Thurrock, looking for their first win at home this season, went all out at the start. Reece Harris’s cross came to Boylan at the back of the box, but he couldn’t control his header.
While the Hawks did manage to earn two corners early on, Thurrock’s defence handled them easily and the side were quick to break with some measured passing that carried the ball out to the corners for crosses.
The Hawks’ first chance didn’t come until the 27th minute when Jon McDonald lofted in a free kick from in front of the dugouts and Scott Jones sent it skimming off the back of his head to keeper Craig Holloway.
Seconds later Jones was let loose on the right, but his shot flashed across the goal and wide.
Ramsey sent in another corner that was nodded on by Chris Holland, but Bobby Hopkinson lifted his following shot over the bar.
Harris crossed again and this time Luke I’Anson got a head to it forcing Beasely into an easy save. I’Anson then tried again with a 25 yard shot that looked more threatening, but went wide of Beasely’s dive and past the post.
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What was probably the quietest half of the season so far gave way to a slight improvement in the second half as both sides opened up looking for a potential match winner.
Hopkinson threaded a lovely ball through for Perry Ryan to run on to, but he was forced off his shot by Harris just inside the box.
At the other end Boylan then set up Ben Hunt in a similar manner, only for Jake Newton to spoil his chance.
Ramsey sent in an arcing corner that bent down fiercely ahead of Holland before being scrambled clear, and I’Anson tried again with another effort that Beasely needed to save.
Hunt then wasted a chance when McDonald’s softly headed clearance fell straight to him, but he lashed his effort wide in a hurry.
Then came substitute Osborn’s cross that could have won the game for the hosts, but with only Beasely to beat from the edge of the six yard box, Boylan scooped his shot over the bar.
Having swapped Hopkinson for Dan Thompson to try and add to the firepower at the front, Shaun Gale was forced into his second substitution. Palmer had been about to come on anyway, but just at that moment Jones limped off injured.
A hand ball by Rob Gillman gave the Hawks a chance from a free kick, but Warren Goodhind’s back header sent the ball straight to Holloway.
Thompson’s clever flick gave Palmer a chance as full time approached, but the striker, just back from a month’s holiday, fired his shot straight at Holloway.
At the death it was the hosts went all out in search of the winner, pinning the Hawks back through six minutes of injury time. Harris’s final free kick however curled behind the back of the goal.