Havant and Waterlooville
By Henry Deacon (@H_Deaconmedia)
In an even encounter the substitute popped up with seconds to go to notch in from 2 yards out following a rebound off the post.
Things got even worse for Lee Bradbury when Rory Williams pulled up 20 minutes into the game with a leg injury, with the Right back not returning to the field of play.
The results sees the Hawks remain in the relegation zone in 21st.
Lee Bradbury made three changes from the team that started Tuesday’s 2-2 draw at Barnet. The three substitutes on Tuesday Night, Bradley Tarbuck, Andreas Robinson and Ibra Sekajja were rewarded for their performances in the week with starts.
There was a slow tempo to the opening 20 minutes of play with a handful of chances coming from either side.
The first of these fell 5 minutes into the piece as Darren Carter from a free kick struck a good ball but was always going to fall a yard wide of Ben Dudzinski’s goal.
About ten minutes later good link up play between Sekajja and Pavey saw the former play a 1-2 before having his effort blocked by the Solihull defence.
Then seconds later Rory Williams went down on the deck clutching his leg and after a few minutes worth of treatment was taken off the field of play to be replaced by Dan Strugnell.
And Strugnell nearly scored with virtually his first touches of the ball as Sekajja does well to find him in space down the left and unleashes a thunderous first time volley which forces a good save from Boot as far as Andreas Robinson who’s rebounded header is cleared off the line by the visitors.
Then seconds later it was Tarbuck’s go to try and break the deadlock with a delighful curling effort, unfortunately for the 22 year-old he couldn’t quite steer his effort on target.
With the half hour approaching the Hawks created two opportunities in the space of minutes. The first of these fell to Alfie Pavey as he picks up the ball after Hylton and Robinson had a tussle for possession but Pavey got onto the ball before turning and cutting two steps inside before lashing a shot just wide of the near post.
That before the lively Sekajja cuts inside on the ball, beating two men before his effort drags wide of the goal.
Seconds later Hawks ‘keeper Ben Dudzinski was called into action as he made a big save to keep the scores level as Hylton launched a ball into the penalty area which caused the Hawks all sorts of problems before finding Storer who’s effort sees Dudzinski make a good point blank save.
And it would be the visitors who has the final opportunity of the opening period as a corner floated its way into the path of Hylton who’s header is deflected by Woodford who’s block was crucial as the header look as if it was heading on target.
The Hawks came out firing at the start of the second half in front of a boisterous crowd at Westleigh Park.
Less than two minutes after the games resumption and a great ball by Robinson who switched sides into Bradley Tarbuck down the right sees him then swing a superb ball across the Solihull penalty area into the path of Alfie Pavey who good a sweet connection to his header but he couldn’t steer his effort on target.
And seconds later it was Sekajja who was again causing all sorts of havoc to the Moors backline as he beats three members of the Solihull defence before cutting inside and shooting but his effort goes just wide of goal.
Ten minutes into the second half and Dudzinski was called into action again forcing a great save from Reckford before Carter unleashes a wayward shot from distance as the visitors started to get back into the game.
Just after the hour mark and the Hawks had another succession of opportunities as first Sekajja again breaking clear of the Solihull defence before laying the ball into the path of Nicke Kabamba who went for goal, hitting the side netting.
Then just seconds later it was Tarbuck, who was having one of his best games in a Hawks shirt, who had a strike on goal cutting inside and evading his man before shooting towards his near post and forcing a save out of Boot in the Solihull goal.
And as the second half continued, the Hawks’ continuous assault on the Solihull goal rumbled on as firstly Tarbuck gets on the end of a Solihull corner, starting a counter attack before playing a ball out to Sekajja who beats Tyrone Williams before crossing the ball into Alfie Pavey who on the volley laces his effort just wide of the target.
With just over 20 minutes to go the Hawks again went for the jugular as Andreas Robinson, looking to replicate the successes of Tuesday Night went for a curling effort and if it wasn’t for an inch over the bar he would have duplicated his strike at The Hive.
Quarter of an hour left in the game and it was Sekajja again who was causing all sorts of havoc as plays a delightful ball into the path of Alfie Pavey who bulleted a header goalwards but straight into the path of Ryan Boot.
With just over ten minutes to play in the game and Aaron Cosgrave was introduced into the game replacing striker Alfie Pavey.
And just seconds after coming onto the field of play he started the ignition on yet another attack as he fed in Tarbuck who skilfully nutmegs a player before going for goal and having his effort blocked by the Solihull backline.
But Solihull gained a second wind and with just over 5 minutes left they has two opportunities in a matter of minutes with both of those chances falling to Corey O’Keefe.
The first came from a corner floated into his path with his header going just wide of goal.
Then, seconds later O’Keefe was 3 on 2 against the Hawks defence and instead of squaring the ball went for goal himself with his effort going just wide of goal.
With seconds left of normal time to go Andreas Robinson again struck from 25 yards out forcing a save from Boot low down to his left.
And with 4 minutes added on for stoppage time there was still a chance for someone to be a hero.
And that hero would be Adi Yussuf of Solihull Moors as he pounces on a loose ball from a rebound following a long with Dudzinski tipping the original effort onto the post before falling into Yussuf’s path as he bundles home from 2 yards out to give the Moors the win.
Heartache and dejection again for the Hawks as they feel that horrible feeling of losing in the last minute again, especially in a game where Lee Bradbury’s side dominated in large spells.
That was reflected in Lee Bradbury’s post match interview where he said that he felt the Hawks “dominated the game” and that the “lads gave everything” if they can continue performing the way they have that “things will change.”
Next up for the Hawks is the trip to high flying Wrexham in Wales next Saturday as we make our first visit to the Racecourse.
Hawks XI: 21 Dudzinski, 3 Williams (Strugnell 19'), 5 Woodford, 6 Harris (c), 8 Lewis (Simpson 67'), 9 Pavey (Cosgrave 78'), 10 Kabamba, 11 Tarbuck, 16 A.Robinson, 18 Sekajja, 25 Cordner
Man of the Match: Ryan Woodford