Jonah Ayunga haunts his former side as he adds another two goals to his preseason tally. A goal in each half from the Kenyan international against Sutton United concludes an impressive encounter against the National League side.
The Hawks added another great result to their preseason campaign as a two-nil win over Sutton United shows the side is ready for the much anticipated 2019/20 National League south season.
The home side started the game with an unchanged starting 11 from the clash against Portsmouth last weekend.
The Hawks started the game the better of the two sides and this was the case for the majority of the first 45 minutes of football in the sunshine at Westleigh Park.
The first chance of the game fell to The Hawks as Josh Taylor picked up the ball after some powerful hold up play from Ayunga who chested it down. Taylor cut inside from his right flank and flashed a curling effort across the face of goal only to see it fly wide.
After a much-needed water break in the scorching July sunshine The Hawks continued their search of a goal, Ayunga won the ball back on the edge of the Sutton box but dragged his shot wide of the left post.
The goal finally came for the Hawks as the man on form Ayunga capitalised on a goal mouth scramble to thunder the ball into the back of the net giving the home side a well-deserved lead just before the break.
Half Time – Havant & Waterlooville 1 – 0 Sutton United
Both sides started the second half well bringing a very high tempo to the proceedings at Westleigh Park and it was the visitors that looked favourites to score next.
After a loose ball was gathered by The U’s Omar Bugiel was slotted through on goal on the right side of the pitch and he looked almost certain to find the back of the net. However, some quick thinking from keeper Ross Worner who sprung off his line meant that the ball went out for a corner.
It was The Hawks who had the next chance as the ball fell beautifully for Andy Drury on the six-yard box, but a slight mis control allowed Suttons keeper to gather the ball.
All eyes were on Worner again 12 minutes into the second half as a penalty was awarded to The U’s after a foul from Simon Walton. Sutton striker Bugiel stepped up for the spot kick only to see his effort saved from Worner who dived to his right and got both hands to the ball, much to the delight of the Westleigh Park faithful.
Ayunga grabbed his second of the game 10 minutes before the final whistle as Andy Drury smashed the ball across the box after latching onto a Wes Fogden pass towards Ayunga who lost his marker and slotted the ball home from close range.
The Hawks managed to maintain control of the game and see out the impressive result against the National League side to continue their impressive preseason campaign.
Full Time – Havant & Waterlooville 2 – 0 Sutton United.
Starting XI: 1. Ross Worner, 2. Benny Read, 3. Anthony Straker, 5. Dean Beckwith, 6. Sam Magri, 7. Wes Fogden (C), 8. Andy Drury, 10. Jonah Ayunga, 11. Roarie Deacon, 14. Nicky Bailey, 17. Josh Taylor.