About Match

HAWKS 1 Slough Town 2

The Hawks fell to a 2-1 defeat to Slough Town, on a disappointing afternoon at the Draper Tools Community Stadium.

The Rebels came into it without a win in the league since opening day, but first half goals from Freddie Grant and Arron Kuhl were enough to clinch the three points.

In a game of huge controversy Jake McCarthy pulled one back late on, but in the end it wasn’t enough. 

Tommy Wright’s second-half red card epitomised the Hawks’ day, the striker adjudged to have stamped on the head of goalkeeper Jonathan North in an attempt to play the ball.

Match Action –  

It took just three minutes for the hosts to test Jonathan North in the Slough goal. Billy Clifford slid the ball to James Roberts inside the area, but his first time effort was parried to safety by North.

The visitors took a shock lead on 10 minutes following a corner. Freddie Grant rose highest to power a header past debutant Will Mannion in the Havant goal.

That lead was extended just eight minutes later as Ben Harris went down inside the Hawks box under pressure from Sam Magri. The referee showed no hesitation and pointed to the spot. Aaron Kuhl converted from 12 yards to put them firmly in control.

Kuhl had a glorious chance to double his tally for the day, five minutes before the break. But after being found in the Hawks’ box, the midfielder blazed his effort harmlessly over the crossbar.

HT – HAWKS 0 Slough Town 2 

Havant struggled to create chances in the second period, but James Roberts almost created something out of nothing. The forward struck a 20-yard volley following a corner, but North was on hand to deny him.

The game looked to be drawing to its conclusion, but with 10 minutes to play striker Tommy Wright was shown a straight red card for a foul on North. After latching onto a Clifford through ball, Wright dangerously went for the ball in the eyes of the referee, and subsequently reduced the Hawks to ten.

Paul Doswell’s side did get their goal in added time. Jake McCarthy just about got enough on his header, and North was beaten.

The Hawks have a chance to get back to winning ways on Tuesday when they visit Hungerford.

FT – HAWKS 1 Slough Town 2

HAWKS Starting XI – Mannion, Passley, Oastler ©, Magri, Adebowale, Newton, Rooney, McCarthy, Clifford, Roberts, Wright

Subs – Searle, Collins, Green, Baggie, Rendell

Slough Town STARTING XI – North, Jackman, Grant, Hollis, Togwell, Lench, E.Harris ©, Tenconi, Hunt, Davies, Kuhl

Subs – Worsfield, W. Harris, Fraser, Lawal, Saied

Written by Ryan Honey