WHITEHAWK 2 – 2 HAVANT & WATERLOOVILLE

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Hawks hang on for draw. by Nathan Jones

A game of 2 halves saw both teams plays well in one half and not do good in the other.

On a day where the rain fell continually on the Sussex coast but a baited just in time for the match to start saw the Hawks take on the Hawks at the Enclosed Ground. 

Darren made 1 change to the team that beat Chelmsford City at the weekend bringing in James Fraser in place if David Da Silva.

A bright start by both sides in the opening 10 minutes as they passed the ball around on a slick and greasy surface.

Whitehawk made the most of their good start by taking the lead on 17 minutes when Jake Robinsonscored his first goal of the season and his first in a Hawks shirt, with the change that Freeman had made saw Robinson play out on the left, and when he received the ball from Tommy Fraser in space he ran at the defence jinking left and right finally creating the space for him to unleash a fine right footed strike that beat the keepers dive and finding the bottom left hand corner.

That goal seemed to stun Havant and they went into their shell and Whitehawk started to dominate from then on until half time.

Robinson again had another chance but this time it went wide and the visitors keeper done well from a Danny Mills strike at goal.

The hosts grabbed the second goal which always looked like it was coming just 2 minutes before the break when after some neat build up play and blocked shot that found its way out to Mills on the right, he drilled the ball goal wards and the in rushing Sam Gargan slid in to poke home for his first strike of the season.

In the second half was a totally different story, the Havant manager made a double substitution that proved to be crucial in the outcome of the game changing formation and tactics doing the job.

Within five minutes of the restart substitute Scott Jones found himself in space inside the box and a perfectly weighted pass was all that was needed and he made no mistake from 8 yards to give Havant the lifeline they were after.

Whitehawk seemed to be dropping deeper and deeper into their own half as the pressure mounted and the visitors were looking for an equaliser.

Freeman made three substitutions at once taking of Gargan, Cadmore and Adelukan and bringing in Jacob Erskine, Lewis Taylor and new signing Moses Swaibu.

With their tails up Havant were looking dangerous and in the 73rd minute the equaliser arrived and again it was that man Jones who scored it with a header from six yards out giving Cgris Winterton no chance in the Whitehawk goal.

Whitehawk should have snatched the win when Erskine was adjudged offside when he was level and his sublime finish was disallowed and really would have been unjust on Havant who were excellent in the second half and defaintly deserved a point from the game.

by Nathan Jones