Enter the Hawks Nest as we head onto our maiden National League voyage!!
A lovely sunny bank holiday afternoon saw the HAWKS take on struggling Whitehawk in front of 833 supporters. Pre match Lee Bradbury had signaled that despite Whitehawk having a poor start to the season they have some very good players in the side and it will just be a matter of time before they begin to gel as a unit.
Wes Fogden fires a 20 yard effort just wide of the post and again stretching to meet Bradley Tarbuck cross which the Whitehawk keeper gets to first, all Within the first 5 minutes. With 8 minutes gone a succession of HAWKS corners ends with Theo Widdrington cross, straight onto the head of Jason Prior who's glancing attempt finds the top corner of the net to give the HAWKS a 1-0 lead.
Havant and Waterlooville are showing lots of energy and purpose as they battle for every ball and close down quickly, they refuse to let Whitehawk settle, 15 minutes in Brian Stock plays to stunning diagonal 50 yard ball to Bradley Tarbuck, the sublime first touch and he Leaves his marker allowing a low and hard cross into the area where Alfie Rutherford is waiting to stroke the ball home and put the HAWKS 2-0 up.
5 minutes later, the in form Andreas Robinson collects the ball 30 yards out, drives forward weaving his way through the Whitehawk defense, I prepare to shoot 10 yards out, is brought down and the HAWKS have a penalty. Jason Prior places the ball on the spot steps up and pummels the ball into the bottom right hand corner, that's 3-0 to Havant and Waterlooville, and Whitehawk look rattled. With 10 minutes of the first half remaining, Whitehawk has a free kick on the right hand side, the ball is played to the far post where undefended Whitehawk fluff their lines. Whitehawk earn a free kick 45 yards out, the ball is floated in, only to go straight out of play for a HAWKS goal kick. 45, Alfie Rutherford is played in the Whitehawk area one on one with the keeper .... flagged offside.
Havant and Waterlooville start the second half the same as the first, just 2 minutes in and Bradley Tarbuck earns the HAWKS a corner which Rory Williams whips into the area finding the head of Jason Prior who heads over the bar. A few minutes later and Whitehawk have their first shot on goal which deflected behind for Whitehawk corner. 10 minutes into the second half Ryan Woodford collects a yellow card offering Whitehawk an opportunity from 35 yards, the ball is played in the far post with Ryan Young making a point blank to keep his clean sheet.
Havant and Waterlooville make a double substitution on 57 minutes, with Brian Stock and Alfie Rutherford coming off and Mike Carter and George Barker replacing them. Within a minute Jason Prior plays in George Barker in the Whitehawk area, he twists and turns home fires with a brilliant strike giving the HAWKS a well deserved 4-0 lead. With 25 minutes remaining Matt Tubbs replaces Bradley Tarbuck, within seconds of Tubbs coming on George Barker plays a peach of a ball to him, his first touch half a yard to heavy otherwise it could have been 5. Havant and Waterlooville continue to frustrate the visitors by keeping the ball and passing through the back to midfield and back again. With 15 minutes remaining Whitehawk earn a free kick some 22 yards out and fire their effort straight into the HAWKS wall, ball is cleared. Just 10 minutes remaining and the fans witness some great one touch football with Wiiliams, Barker and Prior endind in another near miss. Havant and Waterlooville are happy to play out the final few minutes content with 4 goal, a clean sheet and 3 points which leaves them sitting in 4th place in the league ahead of next Saturdays visit to Weston-super-Mare.