The Hawks responded well to last Saturday’s result with a convincing 4-1 win over Chatham Town in the FA Cup.
A professional performance overall from the Hawks as goals from Joe Iaciofano, Roarie Deacon, and Tommy Wright ensured they would go through to the next round.
Paul Doswell made just one change from the weekend with Craig Robson replacing Moussa Diarra at centre-half.
It was a messy affair in the early stages as the two teams failed to take control of the ball, with both holding their respective shape’s high up the pitch.
The Hawks took the lead with their first real chance on 16 minutes when a long ball forward from Ross Worner caused problems in the Chats box. Chatham goalkeeper Jordan Carey claimed and then fumbled the ball at the feet of Joe Iaciofano, who calmly slotted home into an empty net.
The visitors reacted well and almost levelled through Luke Rooney four minutes later. A lofted set-piece over the top of the Havant backline, was struck first time by Rooney, but Worner did well to smother it to safety.
The away side really started to pile on the pressure and on 25 minutes, they so very nearly equalised. Dan Bradshaw ghosted into the area before sending a low drive across goal towards the bottom corner. Worner stood firm and stuck out a leg to keep the 1-0 lead intact.
The hosts made Chatham pay for their missed chances when they doubled their advantage on 39 minutes through Roarie Deacon. Iaciofano rolled a loose ball into the path of Deacon steaming into the penalty area from the left. The winger struck it first time low and hard under Carey between the sticks.
The Hawks started the second half the way they finished the first, and went firmly in control on 53 minutes when Iaciofano headed in their third from close range. Bedsente Gomis picked up the ball midway into the Chatham half before driving powerfully into the penalty area where he sent a fizzing effort towards goal, only for it cannon back off the woodwork. It fell invitingly for Iaciofano who prodded the ball into an empty net once again.
The home side didn’t sit back and it was four just past the hour mark. An effective counter-attack from the Hawks where Theo Widdrington slid Tommy Wright in one on one with the defender. Wright knocked the ball out of his feet before smashing it past Carey at the near post.
Harvey Brown pulled one back for Chatham late on, but there was to be no more late drama this time around as the Hawks booked their place in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup for the fourth successive season.
Report by Ryan Honey
Images: Dave Haines