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Three second half strikes saw the Hawks avoid an FA Cup giant killing beating Hadley 3-0 at Westleigh Park. 

Jonah Ayunga and Alfie Rutherford scored early on after the restart to give the home side control in the tie.

Ryan Seager put the finishing touches to the tie getting his first goal in a Hawks shirt and third for the hosts to book a place in the Fourth Qualifying Round of the competition.

Paul Doswell made two changes from the team which beat Wealdstone 4-1 last Saturday. Simon Walton and Alfie Rutherford came in for Matt Casey and Roarie Deacon respectively.

Havant started on top and had a number of chances in the early stages of the game. The first fell six minutes in when Josh Taylor threw a dangerous throw into the mix towards Danny Kedwell who’s matching header went just wide of the target.

Two minutes later another headed effort came and went with Straker the provider this time, playing a ball into the box to the path of Jonah Ayunga who’s header went wide of the target.

A quarter of an hour in Andy Drury had a go on the volley, his effort took a wicked deflection which saw it go narrowly wide, the closest either side got in the opening quarter.

Drury took the resulting corner which fell to Ayunga his header trickled just wide of the net as frustration in front of goal began to set in.

Hadley’s first chance of the game came two minutes later when Jupp found himself inside the area but he couldn’t get his shot away.

Midway through the opening period Kedwell picked the ball up 25 yards from goal before finding Ayunga out to his left before getting inside the area but his shot would hit the side netting.

Ten minutes before the break Ayunga found himself on the ball on the edge of the area, before turning and getting his shot away which was tipped away by Ward in the Hadley goal.

It would be the Bricks which finished off the half the stronger, standing resolute and causing problems and with the game level at the break, from their perspective the shock was still alive.

HALF-TIME: Hawks 0-0 Hadley 

The Hawks came out the traps flying at the start of the second half and broke the deadlock just four minutes after the interval.

Josh Taylor played a ball across the box into the path of Jonah Ayunga who chests the ball down before fashioning an effort goal bound which took a deflection before nestling the back of the net.

Three minutes later Anthony Straker played a brilliant ball across goal towards Read but couldn’t steer his header downwards.

That frustration would continue a matter of seconds later when an Andy Drury corner found the head of Sam Magri but again couldn’t keep the ball down as the Hawks pressed for a second and seemingly killer goal.

Working closer to that illusive two goal lead it was this time the crossbar which would supper attempts to double the advantage when Jonah Ayunga from the best part of 25 yards out had a go on the volley which clattered the crossbar.

And the buffer would be enforced a minute later when Andy Drury’s corner met the head of Alfie Rutherford who sweetly smashed home to create a gap between the sides.

An hour in and Chris Paul and Ryan Seager were introduced to the game, replacing Alfie Rutherford and Danny Kedwell.

With 25 minutes to play a cross into the area found Josh Taylor who’s header fell straight to the throat of Luke Ward.

Following a quiet ten minute spell, the Hawks got their third with Ryan Seager opening his goalscoring account at Westleigh Park.

Anthony Straker played a delicious ball into the box as far as Ayunga before falling to Seager, who from close range, had the task of hammering home to confirm Havant’s place in the Fourth Qualifying Round.

Seager a few minutes later had an effort from distance tipped away by the ‘keeper.

The final chance of the game for the hosts fell in stoppage time when substitute Jake Flannigan had a cross come shot from an acute angle clatter the crossbar.

FULL-TIME: Hawks 3-0 Hadley

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

Subs used: Seager, Paul, Flannigan

Subs not used: Beckwith, Latham

By Henry Deacon (@H_Deaconmedia)

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