On a day when it looked like summer had surely come to an end, things are starting to look much brighter for Whitehawk after they beat lowly Chelmsford City with goals from Tom Cadmore and Jacob Erskine.
It turned out to be a day of firsts for the club and the players, both scorers grabbed their first goals of the season and their first goals for the club in a competitive match, it was also the first time the newly promoted Hawks had recorded back to back wins and back to back clean sheets which will really please manager Darren Freeman.
The hosts started in positive fashion and knocked the ball around confidently and showed no reason why they had lost their previous three games as the visitors took their time to get going.
A dream start for Chelmsford nearly saw them take the lead inside five minutes when an instinctive shot hit the post of Chris Winterton’s goal and rebound safely away.
City kept coming and were determined not to give Whitehawk any type of foothold in the game and again the hawks were grateful to Winterton who pulled off a couple of great saves and kept his great form going in the early part of the season.
A neat exchange of passes out on the left by City and from the cross that went deep was headed back right into the path of the centre forward who smashed it goal bound only for the the ever young legs of skipper Matt Lawrence to block in a fashion that had become his trademark at Whitehawk.
A very passionate home crowd were keeping Chelmsford pushing forward, but then on the break a great through ball by Hakeem Adulekun released Jake Robinson who just took one to many touches before he got his shot away off balance and the keeper saved easily.
Just minutes later the keeper was left rooted to the spot when Robinson crossed from the right to the far post and David Da Silva’s header went just wide of the far post.
The Hawks started to find their way in this game and looked dangerous on the counter attack all day and after a couple of more half chances for the home side the deadlock was finally broken when the impressive Cadmore headed home superbly from a delightful out swinging cross from Tommy Fraser.
The second half saw a more controlled performance from the Hawks as they continued to frustrate the Clarets will some fine pass and move football.
Robinson found a pass on the right side and this time his shot had much more venom behind it forcing the Clarets keeper turn away his shot for a corner, from the resulting corner it was headed away for another corner from the other side and from that one Cadmore’s goal ward header was flicked onto the crossbar by Sami El Abd who would loved to had score against his former employers.
It was Whitehawk on the attack again just a couple of minutes before the hour mark when substitute Lewis Taylor saw his goal bound effort fantastically blocked by the Clarets No.6.
Two chances in the space of a minute or so saw Winterton again make saves first when the City player fired straight at him and then he tipped away a fantastic 35 yard effort which looked to be flying into the top corner.
Erskine replaced the hard working Sam Gargan and on 78 minutes he eluded the offside trap and as he bore down on goal one on one with the keeper he squeezed the ball under the advancing keeper for his first for the club and the Hawks second of the game.
Hawks survived a dangerous cross in front of all the on rushing players and the last chance was a shot fired over from Clarets in the last minute.
Another solid performance by the lads gives them more confidence and are starting to show that like we all know they are meant to be in this league.
First class effort lads well done we really appreciate all your efforts out there.