Match Data 2011/2012
Havant & Waterlooville 1
Scott Jones (Thompson, 75)
Jon Heath (Kember, 13)
Robbie Kember (Benjamin, 77)
Lee Browning’s injury time equaliser denied the Hawks three vital points as Tonbridge forced a 1-1 draw at Westleigh Park this afternoon.
The Hawks snatched the lead in the 69th minute, just five after Ollie Palmer was sent off for a second yellow card. Chris Arthur escaped from midfield and took the ball all the way to Angels keeper Lee Worgan before slotting it back for Christian Nanetti to slam into an open goal.
A frantic conclusion followed in which the Hawks could have had two penalties, but a Tonbridge corner two minutes into injury time gave way to the equaliser when Browning picked up a poor clearance and sent it looping back into the net.
Finding consistency in his side of late, Shaun Gale intended to keep his starting eleven unchanged for the third game in succession, but a late illness suffered by goal keeper Dan Thomas meant Lyall Beasely was recalled from the bench.
An early free kick curled into the box by Steve Ramsey picked out Joe Dolan perfectly, and the defender sent a header down toward the line that Worgan had to dive on to stop as the hosts forced their guests back at the opening.
Minutes later Nanetti broke up the left and sent the ball in to the near post needing the Angels keeper to kick it awkwardly off the line.
In reply, Tonbridge switched play to the other end and Frannie Collin’s pass set up Chris Piper for a rising shot that deflected out off the bar.
The Hawks continued to push and after Ramsey sent another effort at Worgan, the side attacked from a corner and Ramsey’s ball came the wrong way off Sam Pearce inside the six yard box.
But the visitors were proving to be a handful too, and came close to opening the scoring when Beasely went full length to stop a shot from Collin and lost hold of the ball. The keeper reacted quickly however and recovered it a split second before Mikel Suarez could capitalise.
Suarez then reclaimed a Hawks’ goal kick and fed the ball through to Collin for a cross that Browning fired at Beasley.
Palmer then missed a perfect chance to put the hosts ahead when Scott Jones got round Danny Walder on the wing and sent a superb cross to the back post that the striker somehow missed prodding into an open goal.
Palmer tried to make amends when he swung in a cross minutes later, only to see the ball punched clear off Nanetti’s head on the line.
Before the break Ramsey tried two further attempts. The first was a curling shot that skirted the defence before landing in Worgan’s arms, and the second a well struck free kick that the keeper forced round the post.
Havant and Waterlooville 0
Tonbridge Angels 0
Nathan Koranteng’s vicious blast went wide as the second half got under way, and at the other end Jones missed another good chance when he cushioned Jake Newton’s cross wide with a gentle header.
Disaster struck in the 63rd minute when Palmer cut down Walder and was sent off for his second card, having already been cautioned for dissent in the first half.
But the Hawks rallied quickly and struck back six minutes later after a string of three Tonbridge corners.
Chris Arthur snatched the ball in midfield and burst up the middle, trailing red shirts. Looking for a clear shot he managed to drag Worgan to the side of his goal and then flicked the ball back through the box for NANETTI to crack home his first goal in Hawks’ colours.
Seconds later the Hawks were denied a second goal when Worgan slid to deflect a shot from Ramsey with the end of his boot. Pearce then headed a corner wide as the hosts continued to push.
The Hawks’ first claim for a penalty was then turned down when Nanetti raced into the box and appeared to be pushed off the ball by Sonny Miles. Nanetti recovered himself and was then fouled again, leading to a free kick on the edge of the box by the touchline. Ramsey attempted to drive the ball hard and low into the box from here, but it was kicked away.
Battling hard for the win, the Hawks were undone two minutes into injury time when a free kick was cleared to the edge of the box and BROWNING sent a looping shot inside the near post.
Nanetti was then cut down a second time in the Angels’ box, but once again the referee saw nothing in the challenge. The visitors then almost claimed all three points right on the final whistle when Ollie Schulz sent a final corner onto the bar with a header.