About Match

Heroic Hawks end Billericay Town’s unbeaten home record in a 1-0 win at New Lodge. 

A first half screamer from Jonah Ayunga was the difference between the two sides as the Hawks deservedly went home with all there points. 

The result means Havant climb the table to second place with a game in hand over the three teams directly below them. 

Sam Magri and Ayunga coming in were the only changes to the starting eleven since the 1-0 win against Slough. 

The opening minutes saw Havant have the first chance of the game when Wes Fogden’s corner ended up with Bedsente Gomis trying the spectacular overhead kick but his good attempt went over. 

Only four minutes later and Akinwande’s shot deflected of a defender and fell kindly in the air to Noel-Williams who headed it wide and left the home fans wondering how they are not in front. 

Billericay remained positive despite that miss as five minutes passed before Hudson skipped through three players from his own half and winning a free kick in a good position which ended up being wasted as it couldn’t beat the first man. 

The next ten minutes settled down and didn’t include much action except a brief stoppage for Josh Taylor to be treated and change shirts as his nose was bleeding. 

Around the twenty-fifth minute mark Junior Tiensia produced some great skill to beat his opponent down the left flank before passing the ball into Ayunga’s feet on the edge of the box. He still had a lot to do but he turned and hit it brilliantly into the top left corner leaving former Pompey player Jamie O’Hara and his team speechless. 

The last real chance of the half fell to Paxman in additional time when he blasted a volley over the bar from outside the box sending a well structured Hawks side in the lead at the break. 

HALF-TIME: Billericay Town 0-1 Hawks 

The first twenty minutes of the half belonged to the Hawks as they pushed on to try get a second. 

Havant’s first chance was six minutes into the second interval when Ayunga stayed onside with a great run and latched onto the ball before he cut in and shot low from close range forcing a smart block from Julian. 

Tiensia and the team remained positive as he knocked the ball around the right back and produced a cross which unfortunately wasn’t as good as he would have wanted. 

Around the sixty-fifth minute mark was when the Blues managed to get a real chance at goal but Loft produced a weak shot from inside the box straight at Worner for an easy save. 

Billericay were not short of having chances especially eight minutes later when Loft was encouraged to shoot by the home fans from outside the box but he only managed to drag it wide of the left post. 

Alfie Rutherford came on with nine minutes to go and was called straight into action when Taylor played a pass to him in the box and he did well to keep it in play while being forced out but the attack came to nothing. 

Only a minute later and it was Billericay’s turn to attack as Robinson saw his cross luckily deflect and lob Ross Worner nearly putting the host’s level but the crossbar helped keep it out. 

One minute left and the Blues had no choice but to attack as the ball was laid off for Hudson outside the box but he dragged his shot wide. 

In additional time the Hawks decided the best form of defence was attack as Rutherford and Taylor put real pressure on a Billericay team that likes to play out from the back. They forced Julian into making a mistake meaning Rutherford had a chance which he blasted towards goal but the keeper recovered well putting it out for a late corner. 

That late chance was soon followed by the referee’s full time whistle meaning the Hawks held on and deservedly went home with all three points. 

Full-Time: Billericay Town 0-1 Hawks 

Starting XI: Worner, Read, Beckwith, Magri, Fogden, Ayunga, Bailey, Robson, Tiensia, Taylor, Gomis 

Subs on: Straker, Paul, Rutherford 

Subs not used: Tarbuck, Drury 

By Joshua Rance (@joshuarance)