About Match

Two first half strikes was enough for Dulwich Hamlet to knock Havant and Waterlooville out the FA Cup following a 2-1 defeat at Westleigh Park.

Christian Smith and Aaron Barnes struck in the opening 20 minutes of the Fourth Qualifying encounter as the Hamlet progress to the First Round proper for the first time in 21 years.

Alfie Rutherford gave the Hawks a lifeline midway through the first half when he scored from the edge of the box.

Havant exit the competition at the last qualification stage for the third consecutive season.

Paul Doswell made three changes from the side which lost to Hemel Hempstead last weekend. Anthony Straker was unavailable for selection due to family reasons, meaning Simon Walton came into defence whilst Alfie Rutherford and Wes Fogden also came into the starting XI.

The Hawks had the first opportunity of the game three minutes in when Alfie Rutherford down the centre played the ball into the path of Wes Fogden but his low drilled effort was deflected.

Despite Havant having the first opportunity of the game, it was the visitors that struck first on the ten minute mark when a throw in made its way to the back post into the path of Christian Smith who poked the ball home from close range to give Dulwich the lead.

The Hawks hit back and almost had an instant reply when Wes Fogden in an acute position down the right hand side elected to go for goal, the ball swerved just wide of the top right corner.

On the quarter hour mark the visitors came close to doubling their advantage when Adi Yussuf drove through into the penalty area before having a pop on goal which swerved away towards the side netting.

But Hamlet would double that advantage three minutes later when Aaron Barnes’ effort from the edge of the box was caught to perfection before nestling the top right hand corner to give the Hawks a mountain to climb.

Despite Dulwich’s two goal lead, the Hawks, lead by Alfie Rutherford, were on the charge to half the deficit midway through the first half.

Firstly, the 21-year-old striker played a ball into the penalty area into Josh Taylor who’s header came off a Dulwich head for a corner.

Seconds later Rutherford played another ball into the evergreen Taylor who’s header was cleared off the line before finding its way to Rutherford just inside the the area who smashed the ball low and hard into the bottom left hand corner to give the Hawks a lifeline.

Havant finished the opening period with a couple of half chances, but couldn’t get that leveller before the interval, both falling to Jonah Ayunga.

The first came when good play in the middle third saw the ball fed through to Ayunga who gets himself in a good position before having an effort from close range going just wide of goal.

Then it was the turn of Benny Read to rampage down the right hand side before playing the ball into the Kenyan’s path but this effort had the similar frustrations as the first as it went just wide of goal.

HALF-TIME: HAWKS 1-2 Dulwich Hamlet

The Hawks were hit with a big blow in the opening 10 minutes of the second period when Benny Read was forced off with a dislocated shoulder, where he was taken to hospital, he was replaced by Bradley Tarbuck.

Seconds later Nicky Bailey played a free kick right into the penalty area towards Simon Walton, who’s header is knocked just wide of the target.

But the visitors came back at the Hawks and pushed for a third goal which would have given them one hand into Monday’s draw.

First it was Danny Mills who got the better of Sam Magri before having his effort blocked by Simon Walton.

Then Jack Connors had a go on goal from outside the area going just wide of Ross Worner’s goal.

With just over 25 minutes left to play Brad Tarbuck played a ball into the area towards Jonah Ayunga but he couldn’t get a clean strike on goal.

A minute later Andy Drury had a go on goal, which was deflected as far as Alfie Rutherford who’s rebound was fired out for a corner.

As the last 20 minutes of the contest approached, an Andy Drury corner was fed into Walton, who’s miskick found Magri who played it across goal into Ayunga who’ effort was cleared off the line.

Havant’s last opportunity of the game came in stoppage time when substitute Ryan Seager created space for himself before having a go on goal which was blocked by goalscorer Smith.

FULL-TIME: HAWKS 1-2 Dulwich Hamlet

Starting XI: Worner, Read, Walton, Magri, Fogden, Drury, Kedwell (c), Ayunga, Bailey, Taylor, Rutherford

Subs on: Tarbuck, Flannigan, Seager

Subs not used: Beckwith, Latham, Paul

By Henry Deacon (@H_Deaconmedia) 

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