About Match

The Saints came from behind to secure all three points against a 10 men Hawks side in a 2-1 loss at Westleigh Park.

An early goal from Jonah Ayunga put Havant in the lead until captain Danny Kedwell received a controversial straight red card which gave St Albans the momentum to grab two goals.

The result means the Hawks drop down to fifth place and stay on 55 points.

Paul Doswell made six changes since loosing 3-1 in the Hampshire Cup to Southampton U23 seeing Ross Worner, Wes Fogden, Danny Kedwell, Nicky Bailey, Junior Tiensia and Josh Taylor come into the starting eleven.

Havant started the game lively in the opening minutes as Kedwell flicked his header into the path of Ayunga who nearly got himself through on goal until an awkward bobble took it to the keeper.

The hawks were rarely put under pressure by St Albans in the first twenty minutes but they had their moments.

One of these moments for the visitors appeared in the eleventh minute when Lewis Gordon struck the ball powerfully outside the box which didn’t go too far over.

Around the seventeenth minute mark Fogden crossed the ball from the left side to the back post where Kedwell headed it back across to Ayunga who easily put it in the net from a few yards out.

The hawks carried on their attacking spell as only a few minutes later debutant Tiensia whipped in a ball to Fogden who did well to turn his header at goal but unfortunately only into the keepers hands.

Although St Albans started to look more promising in the next few minutes, the Hawks were still on top and Ayunga looked to double his tally when he headed Benny Read’s cross on target but his shot was cleared by a saints defender.

Ten minutes later Fogden had the ball blasted at his face resulting in him staying down for treatment. This short break saw goalscorer Ayunga leave the field with suspected injury and Alfie Rutherford replacing him.

HALF-TIME: Hawks 1-0 St Albans

The Hawks started lively in the second half like they did in the first when Rutherford won his team an early corner from a shot in the area deflecting of a St Albans defender.

St Albans started to attack this half as they trailed 1-0. Forster whipped in a quick cross from the right to Iacofano who went for the spectacular side volley which ended up going wide.

Around the fifty-second minute mark referee Jack Packman stunned Westleigh Park when he didn’t hesitate to show captain Danny Kedwell a controversial straight red card for a suspected high arm against an opponent.

Four minutes later the referee had more decisions to make as Craig Robson fell down in the box erupting the home crowd asking for a penalty but nothing was given.

Despite being a man down Havant controlled the next ten minutes of play.

It started with some great combination play on the right side of the park resulting in Read putting a low cross into Rutherford who puts it just wide from close in.

Twenty minutes into the second interval saw the Saints make use of the man advantage when Noble swung in a corner and Merson, son of ex-Pompey player Paul, looped his header over Worner equalising for the away team.

On the seventy-fifth minute mark St Albans continued playing with their newly found confidence on a four versus three counter attack which fizzled out when the header was easily caught by Worner.

Only a minute later saw Iacofano skip past Bailey and emerge into the left side of the box crossing it to team mate Banton who can not miss from a few yards out to put the visitors in the lead.

With only five minutes remaining of the ninety Rutherford brilliantly headed a long ball from far out into the top right corner putting everyone on their feet only for Snedker to pull off a fabulous diving save tipping the ball out for a late corner.

Minutes later St Albans sparked a counter attack through a long ball to Merson which ended up falling to Iacofano who forced two great saves from Havant’s number one.

The ninetieth minute arrived forcing Tiensia to cross the ball into the mix which found Beckwith who headed it brilliantly only for Snedker to once again make a wonder save.

In the closing moments of the game Taylor was booked for destroying a St Albans counter attack which ended a feisty encounter between the two sides.

Full-Time: Hawks 1-2 St Albans

Starting XI: Worner, Read, Beckwith, Fogden, Kedwell (c), Ayunga, Bailey, Robson, Tiensia, Taylor, Gomis

Subs on: Rutherford, Tarbuck

Subs not used: Walton, Drury, Paul

Attendance: 1266

By Joshua Rance (@joshuarance)