Match Reports 2011/2012
Jake Newton (Hinshelwood, 46)
Jon McDonald (Ryan, 61)
Lee Peacock (Jones, 61)
Ramsey (pen, 3)
Pepperell (pen, 28)
Report by Kevin Ricketts for the Sports Mail
THE HAWKS crashed out of the FA Cup after losing 3-2 against Weston-super-Mare in their third qualifying round tie at Woodspring Stadium this afternoon.
Steve Ramsey gave the Hawks a dream start after three minutes from the penalty spot. But the Seagulls hit back with two goals before Ollie Palmer levelled things up on the stroke of half-time.
The Seagulls grabbed the decisive goal early in the second half, capitalising on a slip in the visitors defence.
Ex-Pompey striker Vincent Perricard was absent from the Hawks squad after deciding not to cup-tie himself. Chris Holland returned into the centre of the defence in place of Sam Pearce, while Craig Braham-Barrett recovered from his groin problem to reappear in the starting line-up.
In a dramatic opening, the Hawks took a third-minute lead from the penalty spot.
When John McDonald launched a free-kick into the area, home keeper Lloyd Irish lost the ball under pressure from Lee Peacock.
When the striker tried to latch on to the loose ball, the keeper held him down and the referee awarded the penalty.
Steve RAMSEY smashed his spot kick into the roof of the net to give the Hawks a dream start.
Ryan Woodford twice cleared his lines well as the home side looked to respond.
Kane Ingram then collected a long Irish clearance on his chest before sending a low drive wide of the near post.
On 18 minutes, the Hawks paid the price for some poor defending as the Seagulls hit back to equalise.
Jake Newton lost possession just outside the area and when the Hawks failed to clear, Sammy Igoe was penalised.
Dayle Grubb swung in a deep free-kick and the unmarked Jamie PRICE headed just inside the far post.
Buoyed by the goal, the home side pushed the Hawks back, forcing a couple of corners.
On 28 minutes Weston got their noses in front after it was their turn to be awarded a penalty. Newton was adjudged to have pulled Ingram down inside the area and Nat PEPPERELL hammered the ball high into the net from the spot.
Both sides continued to look vulnerable at the back and Barrett went close to forcing the ball home for the Hawks.
On the stroke of half-time, the visitors hit back to equalise. Peacock latched on to a long ball over the top and although Irish clawed away his header, Ollie PALMER drilled in the rebound.
The visitors sent on Paul Hinshelwood in place of Newton at the start of the second half.
The Hawks started the stronger in the second period and Barrett’s header from a corner was cleared off the line by Price.
Another chance came when Irish failed to hold Braham-Barrett’s cross but it fell behind the onrushing Palmer.
After their confident start to the second period, the Hawks were stunned when the Seagulls broke out to restore their lead on 53 minutes.
Once again it was a poor piece of defensive work that cost the Hawks; central defender Chris Holland and Seagull striker Mike MACKAY chased a through ball. And when the defender slipped, the striker ran on to easily roll his shot past the keeper.
Braham-Barrett sent a rising shot crashing off the top of the crossbar as the Hawks looked for a way back into the tie.
Just past the hour mark, the Hawks made two more changes, with Scott Jones and Perry Ryan replacing Peacock and McDonald.
Irish beat out Palmer’s fierce angled drive as the Hawks pushed forward, Jones also had a header easily saved by the keeper.
At the death, Igoe swung in a free- kick from the left but the Hawks were dismayed to see the offside flag go up.