Havant and Waterlooville
Cordner 8', Williams 41', Rutherford 63',80', Pavey 64', 66', Bradley 85'
By Henry Deacon (@H_Deaconmedia)
A second half blitz with three strikes in three minutes with two from Alfie Pavey and a goal by Alfie Rutherford saw the game past a 10-man Magpies.
The win would be the biggest managed since the two sides merged back in 1998.
Rory Williams returned to the lineup after a few weeks out alongside Andreas Robinson who returned following a suspension. The returning Alfie Rutherford was put on the bench.
The Hawks got off to the perfect start eight minutes into the game as a free kick by Stock from 25 yards was launched into the penalty area into the path of Tyler Cordner who nods the ball into the top right-hand corner to give the Hawks the lead.
It was a quiet opening period, with game largely being a midfield duel with both attacks looking to unlock each other’s defences.
With ten minutes to go off the opening period the Hawks won a free kick from the edge of the penalty area, however Andreas Robinson’s effort fell straight into the path of Pentney.
But the Magpies keeper saw himself on the wrong end of a red card as he handled the ball outside the area chasing Kabamba’s ball with Alan Devonshire’s side chasing the game with ten men.
Chinua Cole would be the man responsible between the sticks with Nana Owusu being the unlucky man sacrificed.
And from the requisite free kick Rory Williams thrashed the ball into the top right-hand corner to double the Hawks’ lead and to send Westleigh Park into a frenzy.
Just before the interval Alfie Pavey looked to get the Hawks’ third as he connected to his on flick on before attempting to chip the ‘keeper however, he could only send his effort wide of the mark.
Rory Williams came off at half time due to injury, replaced by Josh Huggins.
And it would be the Hawks that would get the first opportunity of the second period as a brilliant ball by Strugnell played in Alfie Pavey who went past two men before pulling the trigger, but his effort would clatter the post as the Hawks pushed for a third.
An hour in and Maidenhead would have their most meaningful attack of the game as Odamatey went for goal from the best part of 25 yards out, with his strike held well by Dudzinski in the Hawks goal.
Seconds later the beginning of the onslaught begun, the initial Hawks effort came from Alfie Rutherford who connected to a cross into the penalty area, knocking the ball out of the keeper’s hands but not past the post.
However, Rutherford on his return would get on the scoresheet within a minute of his near miss. A free kick from 25 yards out was half cleared by the Magpies defence leaving Rutherford with the opportunity to lash an effort home from 12 yards out to give the Hawks the third and ultimately match winning goal.
Three shortly became four when Alfie Pavey got his name on the scoresheet as he burst forward before finding the ‘keeper one on one and from that position there was only ever going to be one winner with the Hawks number 9 coolly placing the ball home to get back on the scoresheet and help bolster his confidence.
And in what was a crazy few minutes at Westleigh Park, the Hawks hit the back of the net again, the third time in as many minutes and for Alfie Pavey his second in 120 seconds. This time he picked up on a loose ball down the right-hand side, driving towards goal before burying it into the bottom right hand corner.
Maidenhead would still have a go and didn’t resort to the kicking of lumps that many teams that know they’re beaten take up. Ex Pompey man Ryan Bird would tee up Max Worsfold before knocking his effort wide of goal.
With ten minutes to go a second wind for the Hawks as it became six of the best for Lee Bradbury’s side as Alfie Rutherford got his second of the game. This time the 20-year-old latched onto the end of Brian Stock’s lofting ball towards the frontman before notching past the ‘keeper one on one.
And with just five minutes to play it was the magnificent seven at Westleigh Park as Alex Bradley hits home following a good move by the Hawks as Rutherford snifts him out after Will Wood carved the defence open, before Bradley got his first goal for the club by hitting the ball with his sidefoot, with the ball taking a slight deflection before hitting the net.
A fantastic win for the Hawks, the type of win that Hawks boss Lee Bradbury over the past couple of weeks said he thought would happen.
The win keeps the Hawks in the same position but will breed plenty of confidence going into a run of fixtures against sides all in the bottom half.
Next up is the visit of FC Halifax Town to Westleigh Park on Saturday, with Jamie Fullerton’s side in 14thplace.