About Match

Sam Magri’s strike nine minutes from time secured the Hawks a first home Saturday league win since January after beating Concord Rangers 2-1. 

Magri rose highest from a Josh Taylor to secure the three points after Danny Kedwell nodded home to put the Hawks in front in the first half.

Billy Roast equalised for the Beachboys with 20 minutes to go.

The win puts the Hawks up to third in the table, three points off Hemel Hempstead in second and 10 of leaders Wealdstone.

Craig Robson came into the starting lineup after missing last weeks defeat due to being cup tied along with a start for Dean Beckwith, with Sam Magri moving out to the right due to Benny Read’s injury.

The Hawks started brightly and had the first chance of the game three minutes in when Tarbuck down the right side bought the ball down before playing in Alfie Rutherford but the dangerous looking ball went out for a corner.

It was Tarbuck to Rutherford again ten minutes later, but again it was the same anguish for the striker as the Concord defence sniff onto the attempt after good build up play.

Then 20 minutes in came the opener for the hosts when Nicky Bailey’s free kick from 35 yards out down the left flank fell into the path of Danny Kedwell who rose highest to the ball from six yards out to hammer it down into the goal and past Chris Haigh.

Three minutes later Kedwell again was causing trouble for the Beachboys as from inside the 12 yard area he goes for goal after the ball was fed into his path but was blocked by the visitors.

Seconds later the rampant striker gets his head on the end of another corner but this time his effort dragged away from goal.

Ross Worner was called into action for the first time on the half hour mark when Decarrey Sheriff darted into the area from the right hand side before having a pop at goal which Worner matched with a save low down his right side.

Ten minutes from the break the ball came into Alfie Rutherford midway down the field before making a charge for goal relatively unmarked before shooting on his right foot but well saved by Haigh who parried it out for a corner.

HALF-TIME: Hawks 1-0 Concord Rangers

Five minutes after the interval Jonah Ayunga won possession in a dangerous position before going for goal, but the continuous rain saw the pitch slow up and saw his shot lose power.

Billy Roast, who became a handful for the Hawks defence, had a go at goal from distance, but the wicked deflection which it took made sure it comfortably fell into Worner’s grasp.

Just after the hour mark Bailey played a pinpoint free kick into the box towards Beckwith who headed the ball just over.

Josh Taylor came on for the hosts with just over 25 minutes to play, and his contribution was felt straight away.

Straight after coming on he teed up Bradley Tarbuck who had a go at goal from 25 yards out which went over the bar.

However, the Beachboys got an equaliser against the run of play with 20 minutes left to play when Roast latched onto a second ball as the Hawks half cleared with a brilliant volley which nestled into the bottom left hand corner to get Concord onto level terms.

Five minutes later Jonah Ayunga had two cracks of goal in quick succession. The first fell when he bought the ball into the box and had a go at goal before then getting a second crack which deflected out of play.

Seconds later Taylor’s header saw the same fate.

But the Hawks found their second and ultimately their winner when Taylor’s throw was only half cleared, giving the right winger the chance to float another ball into the box towards Magri who leaped like a salmon to prod the ball into the top left corner to give Westleigh Park a huge sight of relief.

Three minutes later with their tails up Havant went for a third when Jake Flannigan, who came on straight after the goal, had a strike which was cleared.

However, with just minutes of normal time remaining it was a huge clearance up the other end by Craig Robson which kept the Hawks in front when Barrington’s effort looked all but goal bound.

FULL-TIME: Hawks 2-1 Concord Rangers

Starting XI: Worner, Straker, Beckwith, Magri, Drury, Kedwell (c), Ayunga, Tarbuck, Bailey, Robson, Rutherford

Subs on: Taylor, Seager, Flannigan 

Subs not used: Walton, Paul

By Henry Deacon (@H_Deaconmedia)