About Match

Goals from Sam Magri and striker Danny Kedwell was enough to see The Hawks through despite the threat of a comeback from the hosts.

Havant & Waterlooville took the trip to Vauxhall Road on Saturday as they looked to continue their push for promotion into the National League.

It was a big game for the Hawks in front of a crowd of 470, The Tudors got the better of Paul Doswell’s men in the reverse fixture, but the team was motivated to get revenge on opposition soil.

The victory brings The Hawks closer to the top of the table, but with a long way to go they will hope they can build on their win in the next game.

It was The Hawks who came out of the blocks raring to go as soon as the first whistle was blown, and they made the early spell of pressure count as Magri broke the deadlock on the three-minute mark.

Magri rose high in the box to put the ball in the back of the net, the defender was alert and managed to latch onto the end of a good delivery from Nicky Bailey’s free kick.

Niko Muir was the main threat for the hosts after seeing a few chances fall his way but he could not convert, thanks to some solid defending from The Hawks.

Doswell’s men took the slim 1-0 lead into half time, but with the game still in the balance it was vital that The Hawks got a much needed second goal in the second 45.

Half-Time: Hemel Hempstead Town 0-1 Havant and Waterlooville

It was not long after the second half began until The Tudors brought down Josh Taylor inside the box, with the penalty being awarded.

Hawks’ number nine Kedwell put the ball on the penalty spot before firing it into the top left corner of the goal, giving the visitors a much-needed cushion.

The Tudors continued to battle on despite being two goals down, and eventually they found away through The Hawks defence thanks to a Jack Midson strike.

Midson picked up the ball inside the box, and calmly placed the ball beyond Ross Worner to get his side back into the game.

It was a hectic end to the game with chances falling to both sides, however the Hawks managed to hold onto the lead and see the game out. Taking all three points back to Westleigh Park.

The win takes The Hawks up to 45 points for the season, eight below leaders Wealdstone, and with three games in hand Doswell’s men will have their eyes firmly fixed on the top of the league.

Starting XI: Worner, Read, Straker, Walton, Magri, Fogden, Drury, Kedwell (c), Ayunga, Bailey, Taylor

Subs on: Beckwith, Cook, Rutherford

Subs not used: Tarbuck, Paul

By Liam Rice (@Liam_Rice9)