About Match

New loan signing Jake Andrews comes straight into the starting 11 as the side makes six changes from our midweek clash against Eastleigh FC. We visit Eastbourne Borough with the hope to enter the small Christmas break with winning ways.

The sports had the first chance to go ahead as Luer’s low strike across goal was kicked away by Mannion at full stretch.

New signing Jake Andrews hit the woodwork with an ambitious long range strike. The wood work came to Borough’s rescue once again as Wright cut inside and hit the crossbar.

Eastbourne Borough broke the deadlock with a fantastic strike which bounced off the underside of the bar and went over Mannion.

Hawks’ new number 35 instantly became a fan favourite with a cool and calm finish to find an equaliser.

A phenomenal end to the game as Jake McCarthy smashed the ball into the bottom right corner after it fell in front of him from Rendell’s header. The Hawks enter Christmas with a huge three points away from home!

MATCH ACTION

Mannion was called into action early as Rollinson’s cross flew over every Hawks player in the box and was picked up by Luer whose low strike was saved well.

The Sports had another great chance as Rollinson’s low cross is met by Kendall but Oastler made an important block to stop the goal.

Jake Andrews nearly made a fantastic introduction as the new man clipped the woodwork from a strike outside the box, a great effort. He had another shot at goal with a free-kick but it dipped over the bar.

The best chance of the half came when Newton’s ball skimmed over the head of Mahorn and met Wright. The striker cut inside and smashed it against the crossbar just before the half time whistle.

 HT – Eastbourne 0, Hawks 0

 An end to end start to the second half, with the most notable chance falling to Tommy Wright whose strike is saved comfortably and caught by Worgan. Moments later, Walker’s freekick was straight at the yellow wall of the Hawks.

Eastbourne took the lead in spectacular fashion as Perez tried an ambitious effort from outside the box and it smacked off the underside of the bar. Hawks tried to get back into it with McCarthy’s sliced volley but it was wide of the goal. A change for the Hawks as Roberts replaced Collins as they return to a usual 4-3-3 formation.

Mannion was the Hawks’ saviour once again as Rollinson looked almost certain to double the lead of the Sports but the Cambridge loanee pulled off a great save with an outstretched leg.

Substitutions for the Hawks as Clifford and Bailey replaced Gobern and Read. The substitute Roberts almost equalises with a right-footed effort.

Billy Clifford’s driving run allowed him some space to lay off Jake Andrews who slotted it past Worgan to get Hawks’ equaliser. Roberts cut inside once more to find a winner and shot across goal but it was wide of the mark.

 McCarthy was the star of the show as the ball dropped beautifully for him outside the box and he smashed it home to claim all three points on the road in the 90th minute! What a game!

 FT – Eastbourne 1, Hawks 2

Written by: Adam Nixon

Hawks XI: Mannion, Oastler ©, McCarthy, Rooney, Read, Newton, Collins, Gobern, Rendell, Wright, Andrews

Hawks Subs: Clifford, Baggie, Widdrington, Roberts, Bailey

Eastbourne XI: Worgan, Elliott, Currie, James, Rollinson, Hammond, Luer, Walker ©, Perez, Mahorn, Kendall

Eastbourne Subs: Beresford, Towning, Oyinsan, Lambert, Hutchinson