Havant and Waterlooville ran out 3-0 winners against Ebbsfleet on a comfortable day at the office. The win means Paul Doswell’s men leapfrog their opponents and sneak into the play-off places for the first time this campaign.
Defender Craig Robson opened the scoring before Tommy Wright bagged a goal either side of the break to ensure they would leave Stonebridge Road with all three points.
The Hawks started well, and almost took the lead inside two minutes. Roarie Deacon tried his luck from range and almost caught out goalkeeper Jordan Holmes, who did well to turn it round the post.
Ebbsfleet reacted well to the early Havant pressure, and sprung a counter-attack on 7 minutes. Former Southampton youngster Will Wood picked up the ball on the right side of midfield before sprinting 50 yards and sending an effort towards the top corner. Luckily for Paul Doswell’s men it went just past the post.
The visitors were looking the most likely to break the deadlock and midway through the first-half they nealy did so. Deacon again let fly from range, but unfortunately for him his effort went narrowly wide.
The Hawks deservedly went ahead with ten minutes to play in the first-half. A quickly taken free-kick allowed Deacon to shoot from the edge of the box. Holmes did well to save it, but he could only palm it to Craig Robson who comfortably tucked it home.
Doswell’s team quickly doubled their lead through the in-form Tommy Wright. The striker did superbly well to control Josh Taylor’s wild effort on goal, before slotting the ball past Holmes.
HT – Ebbsfleet 0 HAWKS 2
It was 3-0 before the hour mark when Wright bagged his second of the day. The Hawks won the ball on halfway before releasing the striker through on goal. One on one with the goalkeeper, he made no mistake placing it into the bottom corner.
The Fleet almost got themselves back into the game when Lee Martin had a shot from range. His first time effort from the edge of the area needed tipping over the crossbar by Worner.
Wright went close to securing a second hat-trick in seven days during stoppage time. He wriggled past his man before sending a low shot towards the near post, but could only find the side netting.
The Hawks rightfully came out on top and will look to continue this unbeaten run of three games, when they travel to Bracknell in the FA Trophy on Tuesday night.
FT – Ebbsfleet 0 HAWKS 3
STARTING XI – Worner, Read, Magri, Diarra, Straker, Gomis, Poku, Taylor, Chambers Parillon, Deacon, Wright
Subs used – Robson, Clifford, Ajakaiye
Subs not used – Kedwell, Iaciofano
By Ryan Honey (@ryanhoney9)