Enter the Hawks Nest as we head onto our maiden National League voyage!!
Pre kick off at the Woodspring Stadium, Hawks manager Lee Bradbury was in buoyant mood after bank holiday Monday's thumping of Whitehawk, yet was insistent that despite Weston lying just one place above Whitehawk, this afternoons test would not be easy.
Just 54 seconds after kick off Jason Prior fires the HAWKS into a 1-0 lead with a powerful close range effort from a tight angle. Just a minute later the Weston keeper needs to make a save as Wes Fogden plays in Theo Lewis his effort nearly putting the HAWKS 2-0 up. Havant and Waterlooville have started the match with all guns firing not allowing the Seagulls to settle. The HAWKS have a free kick 25 yards out, Rory Williams steps up and places a sublime free kick into the top right hand corner of the goal, the Weston keeper remains rooted to the spot, and that's 2-0 to the HAWKS with just 14 minutes gone. 4 minutes later and once again the HAWKS rip through the Seagulls defence with Theo Lewis crossing low and hard into the area with the stretching Wes Fogden wishing he was an inch taller. With 24 minutes on the clock the Weston defence is breached again with a pin point cross from Rory Williams straight to the diving head of Theo Lewis, Havant and Waterlooville take a 3-0 lead. On the half hour Weston have a good opportunity to pull one back with Danny Greenslade darting down the wing to with his powerful attempt needing Ryan Young to tip the ball over. 40 minutes in and Greenslade works Ryan Young again with a similar attempt, Ryan Young saves and the ball is cleared. Approaching the half time whistle Havant and Waterlooville have played at a ferocious pace allowing Weston just a few scraps of the ball, can they continue this pace throughout the second half.
Havant and Waterlooville make a half time substitution with lee Molyneaux coming on for Ed Harris. In a strange turn of events after 54 seconds Weston have scored with a Jacob Caine strike from 16 yards, making the score 1-3. A few minutes later Rory Williams takes a powerful shot just over the Weston bar. 10 minutes into the second half the Seagulls striker Jake Reid has the ball 10 yards out with just the keeper to beat, he goes for power and completely misses the ball. Straight back up the field Jason Prior plays a sweet ball into Rory Williams who strokes the ball into the back of the net and the HAWKS take a 4-1 lead. HAWKS sub as Theo Widdrington joins the field replacing Mike Carter. The tempo has slowed with both teams feeling the effect of the early blistering pace. Weston earn a free kick wide of the area, the ball comes in, a goal mouth scramble, HAWKS clear their lines. Just 15 minutes remaining and Captain Brian Stock is replaced by George Barker. Once again Thoe Widdrington spots Luke Purnell off of his line and attempts an audacious 50 yard chip, the keeper spots the attempt and saves the on target attempt. 10 minutes remaing Barker and Fogden interact well with the later firing a stinging shot which the Weston keeper deals with well. Approaching the end of the match, Rory Williams cuts the ball back to Wes Fogden in the area, Weston defend well and clear, 2 minutes into stoppage time and a huge goal mouth scramble at the other end see's numerous attempts by the Seagulls to pull back a late consolation goal, somehow the HAWKS defence stands strong and the ball is cleared.