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Havant and Waterlooville V St Albans City

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Jason Prior's first half wonderstrike was the difference at Westleigh Park as the Hawks defeated St.Albans City for the first time since 2008.

However it could have been a tail of many more as the Hawks created numerous openings on a scorching afternoon at Westleigh Park.

Lee Bradbury made one enforced change from the 1-0 win over Welling, goalscorer Dan Strugnell who injured himself in the celebrations came out in the place of Bradley Tarbuck.

Within seconds of the referee blowing the whistle for kick-off the Hawks were on the front foot creating numerous openings. The first of these fell to Wes Fogden who blazed his effort over after Jason Prior played the ball into his path.

Then seconds after that Prior had a golden effort of his own as hit the post following a well hit effort with the rebounding out to Bradley Tarbuck who could only fire his effort over the bar. The Hawks on top early on.

But for that early dominance it would be the visitors that would take the lead as James Sendles-White heads the ball home after a corner was played into the area.

Ten minutes later Matt Tubbs was in on goal, another golden chance for the Hawks but could only place his effort a yard wide of goal.

The Hawks though would not be denied much longer as just before the 25th minute they would take get a well earned equaliser as Rory Williams' cross hit Theo Lewis but rebounded kind for Wes Fogden who hammered the ball home from 6 yards out. Parity at Westleigh.

And ten minutes before the break the Hawks would take the lead and in some style as well. From a Matt Tubbs flick on he played it down, turned and laced a half volley on that turn into the top right hand corner sending Westleigh Park into raptures.

HALF-TIME: Havant and Waterlooville 2-1 St.Albans City

The start of the second half would see the gaffer Lee Bradbury being forced to make his first substitution of the game. Ed Harris was forced off following a head injury in the centre of the park.

The first chance of the half fell to the Hawks ten minutes in as Jason Prior, brimming in confidence after his spectacular opener, had another go from distance but his left-footed effort would blaze over the bar.

Then it would be the turn of Tarbuck to try and extend the Hawks' lead as Rory Williams plays the ball in towards James Hayter who flicks it on to Tarbuck who but couldn't quite get the required venom on the end of his shot.

But with a quarter of an hour left it looked for certain it would be 3-1 to the Hawks as Prior plays a fantastic ball into the path of Williams but with the goal at his mercy puts the ball over.

And the game from this point became a scrappy encounter, the Hawks preserving their lead and holding large spells of possesion but not amounting to much with the exemption of one more golden chance to seal the 3 points.

This chance fell to Wes Fogden who got the flick he needed and with 95% of the ground ready to celebrate they were soon crashing back down to earth as the effort somehow trickled an inch wide.

FULL-TIME: Havant and Waterlooville 2-1 St.Albans City

Hawks claim another 3 points on the promotion trail and will now wait for Tuesday Night's result at Rookery Road as East Thurrock try and checkout the Darts' title hopes. For the Hawks, a little break from league action as they look forward to the Hampshire Senior Cup final against Blackfield and Langley on Wednesday Night with a 19:45 kick off at Southampton FC's St.Mary's Stadium.

Henry Deacon

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