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Jonah Ayunga’s second half strike earned the Hawks a 1-1 Draw at Princes Park in a wind effected game in Kent.

Paul Doswell’s side kept knocking on the door in the second half with a hatful of chances to beat the Darts towards the end.

The hosts took the lead late into the first half thanks to Adam Cunnington’s strike.

Roarie Deacon hit the post for the visitors late on.

The Hawks made one change from the team which beat Hampton and Richmond 4-3 on Tuesday Night with Nicky Bailey coming back in for Simon Walton.

It was a quiet start to the game with heavy winds affecting the way that both sides played.

When the first effort came it fell to the hosts when Norman Wabo went for goal but his effort was dealt with by Sam Magri.

The first major Hawks chance of the half came midway through when Nicky Bailey went past Ben Greenhalgh before his cross in the box was met by Beckwith but his header couldn’t get the power needed to glide the ball goal bound.

A minute later Deacon up against three Dartford defenders went for goal before his effort being blocked by one of those defenders.

Then the Darts came back into the game with two opportunities in a short space of time.

The first came when Wanadio had a header at the back post saved by Worner before seconds later the ball was given away and the ball narrowly chipped over.

Skipper Tom Bonner then had an effort on goal parried well by Ross Worner.

And the pressure put on by the Darts lead to a breakthrough five minutes before the break when a free kick was played pinpoint to the path of Adam Cunnington who leapt the highest to head the ball into the back of the net.

However, it was the Hawks who finished the half stronger with two opportunities in stoppage time.

The first fell to Andy Drury when he had a free kick blocked by the wall before his rebound was held by ‘keeper Mark Smith.

Then seconds later Taylor played the ball back into Drury who couldn’t get enough power on the effort.

 

Half-Time: Dartford 1-0 HAWKS

 

Havant started the second half the stronger of the two sides in a hope to claw back the half time deficit.

Wes Fogden was the architect of many balls into the penalty area as the Hawks tested the Dartford defence.

The first major chance from a ball in came just after the hour mark when a cross found Jonah Ayunga in the penalty area who’s effort on goal was cleared by Bonner as the search for an equaliser continued.

From the resulting corner Nicky Bailey’s cross come shot was parried away by Smith.

Paul Doswell made his first roll of the dice with just under half an hour to go when Alfie Rutherford replaced Josh Taylor.

With just under 25 minutes remaining the Hawks got their leveller through the potent Jonah Ayunga.

Anthony Straker won the ball down the left side before before picking out Alfie Rutherford who sprinted forward into the area before squaring the ball across the box to Ayunga who slotted the ball home from the best part of 12 yards out.

Six minutes later Paul Doswell’s side almost found themselves in front when Andy Drury teed up Ayunga who turned before going for goal, but his effort went narrowly over.

Three minutes later Ayunga had another chance when this time Straker supplied the ball in before heading over.

But perhaps the best chance that fell to the Hawks in the second period to win the game came through Roarie Deacon.

Deacon cut inside down the right flank before firing a curling effort which went crashing onto the post as Havant came agonisingly close to taking the lead.

Four minutes from time Tarbuck tried his luck on goal after picking up Roarie Deacon’s ball on the overlap before firing a cross come shot on goal which had to be dealt with by Bonner.

And in second half stoppage time came the final chance to net a late winner when Tarbuck crossed the ball into the area into Rutherford but he couldn’t get on the end of it from close range.

 

Full-Time: Dartford 1-1 HAWKS

 

A point on the road for the Hawks at a ground where the club have a wretched record. Points away from home are like gold dust for Paul Doswell who’s attentions now look straight ahead to Wednesday’s home league game against Dorking Wanderers.

Starting XI: Worner, Read, Straker, Beckwith, Magri, Fogden (C), Drury, Ayunga, Deacon, Bailey, Taylor.

Subs on: Tarbuck, Rutherford.

Subs unused: Walton, Cook, Paul.

Attendance: 833

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