The Hawks’ fourth pre-season friendly saw them slip to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Gosport.
The hosts started quickly with a good tempo and almost took the lead on 5 minutes. A corner was whipped in dangerously which caused a melee in the Hawks box, the eventual effort that was directed goalwards from Woodford deflected back off the inside of the post.
Two minutes later they struck the other post, McCreadie took aim from just inside the area after the ball broke his way. But his low shot across goal kissed the woodwork and went behind.
It was a slow start from the away side and they should have been behind just past the half hour mark. A sloppy mistake at the back from Simon Walton allowed Charles through on goal. His effort was poor one as Joe Tupper in the Havant goal made a comfortable save down to his left.
Dos’ men failed to react and were behind moments later. Good work down the left by former Hawk Bradley Tarbuck who took on Sam Magri and delivered an inch-perfect cross to the feet of Charles. The striker made no mistake from a yard out to give them a deserved lead.
HT – Gosport 1-0 HAWKS
The Hawks should have been level five minutes into the second half, when they were awarded a penalty. A wicked Anthony Straker set-piece caused problems for the Gosport defence and when the ball landed in the area, it struck the arm of a yellow body. Tommy Wright’s effort was saved well by O’Flaherty in the Boro goal to keep them in front.
In the following 20 minutes or so, both teams failed to create an opportunity to score. It was a Josh Taylor free-kick from just outside the Gosport box that almost drew the away team back level on 72 minutes. His clever effort wrong-footed O’Flaherty only to flick off the woodwork.
Havant did take encouragement from the chance and they soon threatened the home side’s goal again. Tricky winger Lucas Sinclair, who had been relatively quiet, sprung into life on 85 minutes. He picked up the ball out wide and drove at pace inside into the area. He eventually got his shot away, only for it to go a yard wide of the upright.
The Hawks looked to have equalised in the dying embers of the game when Sam Dowridge wriggled himself an opportunity inside the box. But when he beat the keeper, there were plenty of Boro bodies to scramble it to safety.
It wasn’t to be for the Hawks at Privett Park as they fell to a successive pre-season defeat. Dos will be hoping his men can get back to winning ways on Saturday when they travel to Wealdstone.
FT – Gosport 1-0 HAWKS
By Ryan Honey (@ryanhoney9)