About Match

Jonah Ayunga’s brace helped the Hawks bag a second win in succession after beating Hungerford Town 3-1 at Westleigh Park.

Josh Taylor struck first for the Hawks six minutes in before Ayunga scored once in either half to secure a fifth victory in nine games.

James Constable made it 2-1 towards the end of the opening period.

The win sees the Hawks reclaim second spot, five points behind high flying Wealdstone at the top of the table.

Paul Doswell made three changes from the 3-0 win over Oxford City on Saturday. Benny Read, Dean Beckwith and Bradley Tarbuck came in. New signing Ryan Seager made the bench.

Havant started very brightly and made their intentions known straight from kick off. Four minutes in and Dean Beckwith played Wes Fogden clean through in the box  before his effort was deflected out for a corner.

Two minutes later the Hawks broke the deadlock when Josh Taylor netted his second of the season. Bradley Tarbuck broke free darted past the Hungerford defence before Rutherford had a shot which was parried as far as Taylor who from close range tapped the ball home.

However, on the quarter of an hour mark the Hawks were forced into an early change when Alfie Rutherford was forced off with another dead leg as his injury frustrations this season continue, he was replaced by new signing Ryan Seager.

Seconds after his introduction the Hawks came close to doubling their lead when Benny Read made a brilliant overlapping run down the right hand side before he played a cross into Josh Taylor at the near post but his effort hit the sidenetting.

Midway through the opening period the lead was doubled when Ayunga continued his superb goal scoring streak at the start of the season. Wes Fogden backheeled the ball into his path on the edge of the penalty area before the Kenyan cut inside before hammering the ball into the back of the net.

Ten minutes later the Crusaders halved the deficit when Johnson had a shot from distance, before his effort deflected into the path of James Constable, who from close range knocked the ball into the back of the net.

The Hawks responded quickly to the setback, and almost restored their two goal buffer within seconds. Wes Fogden supplied a powerful cross into the penalty area towards Tarbuck, who’s header strayed narrowly wide of the target.

Five minutes before the break, the Hawks had a free kick in a dangerous position when Ayunga was hauled down on the edge of the box.

Bradley Tarbuck stepped up to the task, and after clearing the wall he couldn’t curl the ball past Siviter in the Hungerford goal as he parried the ball away from danger.

Seconds later Wes Fogden had further frustration in front of goal when his effort was blocked by Dunstan.

Half-Time: HAWKS 2-1 Hungerford Town

Five minutes after the restart Benny Read had an early shot from distance but his effort fizzed the wrong side of goal.

Three minutes later Ryan Seager tried his luck on goal with a curling effort from the edge of the area, his chance went narrowly off target.

But the Hawks would get that third they had craved ever since the restart in the 55th minute as Jonah Ayunga bagged another brace. Seager flicked the ball into Straker before he played the ball across the box from the left side with the ball falling perfectly at the feet of Ayunga who tapped home from close range.

Ten minutes later Josh Taylor flashed a cross around the face of goal but he failed to find the lurking Ayunga.

In a quieter second period chances came in parts and the Hawks would have to wait patiently to try and get an effort on goal.

With just over a quarter of an hour to go Read drove forward on the overlap before having the ball fed to him by Josh Taylor before he fired a ferocious effort which was well saved by Siviter.

Two minutes later, having soaked up pressure, Hungerford came close to bringing it back to 3-2. Joe Cook was forced to head the ball off his own line after coming forward and having a few knocks on goal.

In stoppage time Danny Kedwell, who came on late in the game, he cheated the ball down into Jonah Ayunga who from close range clattered the crossbar before Fogden and Read had two efforts in quick succession which were deflected.

Full-Time: HAWKS 3-1 Hungerford Town

Havant claimed their second successive Wednesday Night Football win, as they reclaim second place in the table following a good start.

Hawks XI: Worner, Read, Straker, Beckwith, Magri, Fogden, Ayunga, Tarbuck, Bailey, Taylor, Rutherford

Subs on: Seager*, Cook, Kedwell

Subs not used: Latham, Walton

*denotes also substituted off. 

By Henry Deacon (@H_Deaconmedia)