The Hawks made their way into the next round of the FA Cup with an entertaining 5-3 victory over Beaconsfield Town.
Braces from Jake McCarthy and Alex Wall, and a goal late on from James Robberts ensured Paul Doswell’s side would book their place in the third qualifying round.
It took just eight minutes for the Hawks to muster up their first chance of the afternoon as Abdulai Baggie’s pull-back found Alex Wall six-yards out. On the turn, the striker’s effort was blocked and the keeper claimed.
A moment of controversy ensued on 12 minutes as the referee had a decision to make. Joe Oastler brought down Rams striker Tyrone Lewthwaite before he could go one on one with Ross Worner. After being bombarded by the players and then consulting his assistant, a yellow card was brandished much to the surprise of the Beaconsfield contingent.
The hosts did take the lead soon after that as Jake McCarthy latched onto a loose ball in the Rams box. The midfielder made no mistake, drilling the ball underneath Tokarcyzk and into the net.
That advantage was soon doubled as McCarthy bagged his second of the game on 41 minutes. James Roberts stole possession high up field on the right and he slotted a ball inside to the onrushing McCarthy who calmly stroked the ball into the far bottom corner.
Beaconsfield got themselves back into the game instantly after conceding the second. Aaron Minhas took advantage of some confusion at the heart of the Hawks defence as he nipped in and slotted the ball past Ross Worner from just inside the box.
There was still time for Paul Doswell’s men to restore their two goal lead before the break as Alex Wall got in on the act. The striker picked up the ball on the left before cutting inside and curling a fine effort into the top right corner.
HT – Beaconsfield Town 1 HAWKS 3
Paul Doswell’s men started the second-half how they finished the first, creating chances. Josh Passley ran the length of the pitch before clipping a delightful ball to the back post where Roberts was lurking. The attacker couldn’t get any conviction on his shot and the ball rolled into the arms of Tokarcyzk.
It looked for all the world that McCarthy would net his hat-trick on 59 minutes when he met a Billy Clifford corner. But the midfielder saw his header go narrowly wide of the post.
The Hawks grabbed their fourth of the game shortly after as Alex Wall was next to get a brace. Good combination play down the right between Abdulai Baggie and McCarthy made space for the cross. Baggie swept the ball across the face of goal and Wall was there to finish from six-yards.
Beaconsfield didn’t give up and were given a glimmer of hope on 85 minutes when Joe Newton inadvertently directed the ball into the bottom corner of his own net. The ball was driven low and hard across the face of the goal and whilst trying to clear, Newton couldn’t sort his feet out.
The goals kept coming as Roberts, who was lively all game, was the next player to get on the scoresheet. The forward found himself one on one with Tokarcyzk and he found the bottom corner with a neat finish.
Beaconsfield had the final say of the match as they netted their third of the afternoon through striker Lewthwaite. A melee in the Hawks box saw the ball drop to Lewthwaite and he managed to smuggle the ball home.
An entertaining game at the Draper Tools Community Stadium sees the Hawks go through to the next round of the FA Cup.
FT – Beaconsfield Town 3 HAWKS 5
HAWKS Starting XI – Worner, Passley, Oastler © (69), Magri, McCarthy, Newton, Gobern (74), Clifford, Baggie, Roberts, Wall (65)
Subs used – Wright (65), Rendell (74), Adebowale (69)
Subs not used – Searle, Rooney
Written by: Ryan Honey