|Havant and Waterlooville||5-2||Horndean|
|Rutherford 5'; Cosgrave 20'; Pavey 82'(P), 85'; Ridge 90'||Friendly||Everett 44'; Glasspool 53'|
|Report by Henry Deacon (@H_Deaconmedia)|
The Hawks went into the break 2-1 up before being pegged back level early in the second half, prompting gaffer Lee Bradbury to change the entire team in an effort to gain the win which would reap it’s benefits with Pavey’s double and Ridge’s late strike meaning the Hawks got past our tricky Wessex League opponents.
As expected, the gaffer named a line up based on the players who finished last week’s fixture with Pompey. This meant features for Ben Dudzinski in the Hawks goal; Harris, Woodford and Molyneuax making up the defensive spine whilst there would also be starts for Carter, Huggins and Robinson in the midfield with a young frontline as Alfie Rutherford partnered debutant Aaron Cosgrave.
The game got underway in scorching conditions at Westleigh Park and the Hawks started the game hot, getting their noses in front after 5 minutes as Alfie Rutherford has the ball teed up on a plate to him, getting passed 3 Horndean defenders, leaving them for dead before slotting the ball home clearly with the Onion Bag at his mercy.
Despite the odd half chance for the Deans, the Hawks seemed to have the ascendency in the game and just before the 20 minute mark Robinson looked to get a second but could only direct his shot a couple of yards wide of the target.
But seconds later the Hawks would get their second as Aaron Cosgrave on “debut” gets his name on the scoresheet after latching onto a fine ball presented to him before rounding McGee in the Horndean goal and then tapping the ball home in front of an empty net to double the Hawks’ advantage.
And Cosgrave would be involved in the action again, as the 18-year-old played a superb ball to Andreas Robinson, who from distance was looking quite capable, having a go from the best part of 25 yards out with his effort going agonisingly wide of goal.
However, the Hawks would go into the Half-Time interval behind as a free kick from Everett was deflected off the Hawks wall leaving Ben Dudzinski in the Hawks goal with no chance as the Deans reduced the arreas to one.
The Hawks came out for the second half and within seconds of the restart has the first opportunity of the period as a great ball is floated into the path of Josh Huggins who directed his effort just over the bar.
But the Hawks would be pegged back just seconds after as a ball is played into Sam Everett for Horndean who then slots the ball home to bring the Deans level.
Drastic times meant drastic measures as Lee Bradbury decided that following that second goal to change near on his entire starting XI with the only players remaining on the field being Mike Carter and Theo Lewis.
And there was an improvement in the Hawks’ game following the changes as within minutes of the substitutes being implemented as Tarbuck teed up a good first time cross into the path of Nicke Kabamba, however the ex Pompey man couldn’t quite latch onto the effort.
With an hour on the clock Josh Huggins had a great ball played into his path but what seemed the pattern of the afternoon he couldn’t quite get the connection.
The Hawks would have the ball in the back of the net with just over 20 minutes to play however it would be chalked off. Jordan Rose latched onto a header following a Brian Stock corner, however the referee deemed that he illegally bought the Horndean ‘keeper McGee to ground to gave a free kick the other way.
And with the minutes ebbing away in the game a handball in the penalty area saw the referee point to the spot and an opportunity for the Hawks to get their noses back in front.
Alfie Pavey stepped up to the spot looking to preserve his 100% goalscoring record for the Hawks and dually oblidged sending the keeper the wrong way going down the bottom left and the Hawks regain the lead once more.
Within seconds of Pavey’s first, the 22 year old striker was at it again. The ex Millwall man broke free of before shooting from the best part of 12 yards out drilling the ball low and into the bottom left to put the game past the Wessex League side.
And before the game was out there was enough time for a fifth as Marley Ridge got his first goal of Pre-Season by picking up a loose ball on the edge of the area, turning and finishing off neatly to round off the afternoon.
Despite the victory, Lee Bradbury sees room for improvement for the Hawks as they look ahead to a stern test on Tuesday Night as they head to the Testwood Stadium to take on AFC Totton with a 19:45 kick-off.