The first game of 2021 for the Hawks ended in a 4-2 victory over Hungerford Town. Goals from Robson, Magri, Gomis and Wright ensured the three points.
The visitors started the brighter of the two teams, creating the better of the chances early on. Ryan Seager had an effort comfortably saved by Ross Worner whilst Craig Fassanmade dragged a shot wide of the post inside 10 minutes.
The first half chance for Paul Doswell’s men came on 20 minutes when Christian Rowe won the ball high up the pitch. The midfielder drove to the edge of the area before firing an effort towards goal which went narrowly wide.
The Hawks almost went in front just shy of the hour mark when Moussa Diarra lept highest to meet a Josh Taylor corner. The defender’s header skimmed the crossbar before going behind for a goal kick.
Havant did take the lead moments later from another Taylor corner. Craig Robson rose tallest to guide the ball past the helpless Luke Cairney and into the corner.
Goals from corners were becoming a theme at the Draper Tools Community Stadium as Sam Magri got in on the act to double the hosts’ advantage eight minutes later. His looping header gave Cairney and defender on the goal-line absolutely no chance.
HT – HAWKS 2 Hungerford Town 0
The Hungerford deficit was halved within seconds of the restart when Seager found the back of the net. A hopeful ball over the top was latched onto by Fassanmade who then squared it to Seager and the striker made no mistake from 8 yards out.
Hungerford got back on level terms just after the hour mark as Seager doubled his tally for the day. The former Southampton youngster swivelled on the ball finding the top corner with a curling effort from 25 yards.
The Hawks did react and regained the lead through Bedsente Gomis moments later. Another Josh Taylor set-piece caused problems in the Hungerford penalty area as the ball fell to an unmarked Gomis. The midfielder took his time before slotting it home.
Tommy Wright wrapped up proceedings late on for the home side when his deflected shot found the back of the net via the woodwork. Substitute Joe Iaciofano did brilliantly down the left before feeding the ball inside to Wright who did the rest.
A hard fought victory to kick-off 2021 for the Hawks who stretch their unbeaten run in all competitions to six games.
FT – HAWKS 4 Hungerford Town 2
STARTING XI – Worner, Magri, Robson, Diarra, Deacon, Gomis, Poku, Rowe, Taylor, Wright, Bakayoko
Subs used – Iaciofano, Clifford
Subs not used – Tupper, Read, Sinclair
By Ryan Honey