About Match


Hawks finished the game with 10 men as they shared the points with mid- table Dulwich Hamlet in a 0-0 draw at Westleigh Park.

Simon Walton was shown a straight red card in the 40th minute in an evenly contested draw.

The result takes the Hawks to 54 points and third place of the National League South.

Craig Robson coming in was the only change to Paul Doswell’s starting eleven from the five goal thriller at home against Weymouth three days ago.

Hawks fan Will Forrest was given a lovely reception from everyone in the stadium as he walked onto the pitch with the teams after recovering from serious injuries he received after the game against Wealdstone in January.

Hamlet’s tricky winger Monakana troubled the host’s defence in the opening minutes with inviting crosses until a accidental hit to the head saw him leave the field with the physio for a few minutes.

The visitors enjoyed the next ten minutes of the game as they had more chances and possession of the ball.

It started with Hawks’s number 1 Ross Worner being called into action to save a succession of attempts from the Hamlet attack.

Two minutes later Walton got caught at the back and Mills snatched the ball only to not take a glorious opportunity for the opening goal.

Around the twenty-fifth minute mark the Hawks eventually put fear into the oppositions defence as Hamlet’s keeper Grainger looked uncomfortable gathering the ball from a corner and consequently conceding another.

Ten minutes before the interval Benny Read continued the Hawks’ positive spell by avoiding a sliding challenge and passing the ball to Andy Drury who did everything right only to see his effort cleared off the line.

It was five minutes before the break when Walton was sent off by the referee for a tactical last man foul. Smith’s effort from the free kick was easily caught by Worner.

HALF-TIME: Hawks 0-0 Dulwich Hamlet

Impressively the Hawks carried their positive spell from the first half into the first few minutes of the second when Jonah Ayunga found himself one-on- one with the keeper but failed to pull the trigger quick enough as the shot was blocked for a corner.

Ten minutes later it was once again the Hawks pushing for the opener when captain Danny Kedwell brought down a clearance from Worner and performed lovely hold up play before releasing Ayunga who saw his shot go over the bar from twelve yards out.

Minutes later the Havant fans got up and were ready to celebrate what they thought was a definite goal before witnessing Robson not hit the target from a matter of yards.

The next real chance fell to Hamlet five minutes before full-time where Joe Bedford saw his quick fire shot dealt with by Worner.

Two minutes later saw substitute Alfie Rutherford perform an intelligent chest pass to his team-mate Ayunga who darted down the right flank and won his team a late corner from his deflected shot.

Additional time nearly gave the visitors all three points when the ball was put into the box and fell at the feet of Chapman who saw his effort go wide relieving the home fans.

Full-Time: Hawks 0-0 Dulwich Hamlet

Starting XI: Worner, Read, Straker, Walton, Robson, Drury, Kedwell (c), Ayunga, Bailey, Taylor, Gomis

Subs on: Fogden, Rutherford

Subs not used: Tarbuck, Beckwith, Paul

By Joshua Rance (@joshuarance)