About Match

Alfie Rutherford’s brace saw the Hawks progress to the quarter finals of the Hampshire Senior Cup following a 3-0 victory over Gosport Borough at Privett Park. 

A goal either side of half time by Rutherford saw the visitors take a two goal lead before Jonah Ayunga came off the bench to strike 20 minutes from time.

The Hawks will take on either AFC Totton or Southampton Under 23’s away in the last eight.

Paul Doswell went with a mix of fringe players and a number of academy players for the tussle against Lee Molyneaux’s outfit.

The first chance of the game fell to the hosts as Rory Williams put a free kick into the penalty area, held by Olly Eyres in the Hawks goal.

Ten minutes in and Bailey put a free kick of his own into the penalty area, which was flicked on, but held by Ben Dudzinski in the Gosport goal.

Two minutes later, Bradley Tarbuck found joy down the left hand side before playing an immaculate ball into the box towards the outstretching Ollie Dennett, but he couldn’t stretch far enough to get his effort on target.

Marley Ridge, who also trains with Havant, had a go on the volley from the edge of the box, the closest either came in the opening quarter as his effort trickled just past Eyres’ goal.

Following a quiet 20 minute buffer, the Hawks found themselves in front with just under ten minutes to play in the first half when Rutherford picked the ball up on half way before creating space for himself, coming inside and rifled an effort past Dudzinski in the Gosport goal.

Minutes later, Tarbuck played a ball into the area towards Chris Paul at the back post but his effort was matched by the Gosport ‘keeper after going down low to his right.

Five minutes before half time Eyres was dispossessed in the penalty area before a follow up effort was headed off the line by Sam Magri.

Half-Time: Gosport Borough 0-1 Havant and Waterlooville

Just five minutes after the interval the Hawks doubled their lead with Rutherford notching his second of the evening. After winning the ball inside the box with the goal at his mercy, he slid the ball into an empty net down the left hand side.

On the hour mark Tarbuck had an effort on goal with his right foot after being teed up by Josh Taylor, but his effort dragged narrowly wide of target.

The game fizzled out in the last half hour or so, with the ball predominantly played in the middle of the park.

In the 69th minute Jonah Ayunga bagged the Hawks’ third of the night as he won the ball on the edge of the area before firing an effort past a helpless Dudzinski.

A special moment for Sonny Harnett-Balkwill occurred with less than 20 minutes to play, as the academy star came on for his first senior Hawks appearance.

With ten minutes to play Tarbuck had a go at goal but his effort would be tipped over by Ben Dudzinski

Full-Time: Gosport Borough 0-3 Havant and Waterlooville 

Starting XI: Eyres, Read, Magri, Tarbuck, Dennett, Bailey (c), Flannigan, Taylor, Cook, Paul, Rutherford

Subs on: Ayunga, Straker, Harnett-Balkwill

Subs not used: Walton, Ayling

By Henry Deacon (@H_Deaconmedia)