|Havant and Waterlooville||2-0||Barrow|
|Lewis 55', Williams 90'||National League|
By Henry Deacon (@H_Deaconmedia)
The Hawks looked at their potent best in the second period against Ian Evatt’s men on a day where all inside the bottom seven picked up crucial points.
The visitors had to finish the game with ten men after Kyle Jameson was dismissed for a stamp on Theo Lewis.
The Hawks finish the day in 18th.
Lee Bradbury kept with the side which came close to gaining a point against Eastleigh on New Year’s Day. Ryan Woodford, Theo Lewis and Tyler Frost keeps their spots in the starting XI whilst Dan Strugnell continues to skipper the side.
The opening stages were a cagey affair with chances few and far between.
But when the first chance came, it came to Alfie Rutherford when he had the ball played into him by Bradley Tarbuck after stepping in to win possession before the Hawks strikers effort went out for a corner.
And it would take another 25 minutes before there would be another chance of note when Rutherford again, this time of the edge of the box, elected to go for goal with a curling effort which went over the frame of the goal.
With the half reaching its close, the Hawks seemed to kick on a gear and take the game by the scruff of its neck.
First five minutes from the interval Alfie Rutherford teed up the unmarked Tyler Frost in the box, who was able to get his shot away, but for a good save by Dixon to keep him out.
From the requisite corner the Hawks hit the post when the ball found its way to Ryan Woodford at the near post, who got his header away but it clattered onto the crossbar as Barrow were left on the ropes.
Then came two chances in quick succession when firstly a corner was cleared as far as Andreas Robinson who dragged his effort just wide of the target before Alfie Rutherford came close with an effort from the best part of 30 yards out.
But the big moment of the opening period came with 90 seconds to go as Frost again is given a chance in the box, firing with his right foot, but again Dixon got a hand and a hold this time to his effort to keep the score goalless at the interval.
The Hawks came out the traps firing for the second period and never seemed to look back.
The first chance of the second period came when Williams played a delightful ball into the penalty area towards Alfie Rutherford, but before the 20-year-old could fire his effort on goal, Dan Jones came in and took control of the situation.
But they would have no reply to the next cross put into the box by Tarbuck as the Hawks got their opener. A good cross into the area by the winger alluded all in blue to find Theo Lewis with a diving header towards the back post which nestled its way into the bottom left hand corner.
A minute later the ball went into the back of the net again, this time for the visitors, but a deliberate handball from Carl McFarlane meant his effort was chalked out and a yellow card received.
With less than a quarter of an hour remaining, the Bluebirds came the closest they would get to an equaliser when a corner kick found its way into the area but cleared off the line by Theo Lewis as to a man the Hawks continued to preserve their clean sheet.
Nine minutes from time, Barrow were reduced to ten when Kyle Jameson was dismissed following an alleged stamp on Theo Lewis midway in the visitors half.
The Hawks would make the man advantage count as the home side continued their dominance over their Cumbrian opponents by continued pressure on their, with balls continuing to be put into the area waiting for that decisive second goal.
And in the first minute of injury time that illusive second came and in some spectacular circumstances when Rory Williams stepped inside before firing on his weaker foot from 30 yards a ferocious strike into the top left hand corner to put the game beyond any doubt.
A superb second half performance was the difference as the Hawks pick up their first win of the New Year on a decisive day as many of the sides at the leagues basement picked up big points.
Next up is a Trophy replay against league rivals Dover Athletic at Westleigh Park on Tuesday Night.
Hawks XI: 21. Dudzinski, 2. Strugnell (c), 3. Williams, 5. Woodford, 8. Lewis, 10. Kabamba, 11. Tarbuck (Paul 73'), 16. Robinson, 20. Rutherford (Jalloh 81'), 25. Cordner, 28. Frost (Fogden 60')