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Hungerford Town 1 HAWKS 1

The Hawks and Hungerford shared the points as they battled out a competitive 1-1 draw at Bulpit Lane.

Ryan Seager put the hosts in front early on, but the returning Jamie Collins was on hand to level proceedings in the second-half. 

Havant midfielder Billy Clifford picked up two yellow cards in quick succession soon after which meant the visitors were more than happy to leave with a point.

Match Action

It was a fast start from the home side, who came out of the blocks in front of their fans. Jake Evans’ ball in from the left found Ryan Seager and the former Southampton man directed the ball past a helpless Will Mannion after six minutes.

Mannion was soon called into action again. Crusaders’ Matt Partridge and Sol Wanjau-Smith both were denied superbly by the Cambridge loanee inside 25 minutes.

Paul Doswell’s team did threaten the Hungerford goal five minutes before the break when James Roberts was found in space on the right. The forward wriggled past his man before firing a low-driven effort across goal. His shot was inadvertently cleared to Billy Clifford, but the midfielder’s volley flew high over the crossbar from 10 yards out.

HT – Hungerford Town 1 HAWKS 0

The hosts almost extended their advantage soon after the interval, when Seager took aim again from inside the area. The striker’s first time right footed effort was tipped around the post by Mannion.

Returning to the team, Jamie Collins was the man to draw his side level with a powerful header just shy of the hour mark. Oscar Gobern’s out-swinger from the left was met well by the centre-half and Cairney couldn’t get down to keep it out.

Just as it seemed the Hawks would have the ascendancy, Clifford picked up two yellow cards in quick succession. Late into a 50/50 tackle with Callum Willmoth, referee Ritchie Watkin didn’t hesitate before brandishing a red card. This meant the away team would play the remaining 30 minutes with 10 men.

Mannion would be tested again before the night was out, as Seager tried his luck from a tight angle inside the penalty area. The 23-year-old shot stopper was alive to the danger and got down well to hold.

This represents the first of four away games for the Hawks as they travel to Chelmsford on Saturday.

FT – Hungerford Town 1 HAWKS 1

Hungerford Town Starting XI – Cairney, Partridge, Emmerson, Rusby (c), Willmoth, Seager, Jones, Evans, Wanjau-Smith, Tyler, Bailey

Subs – McGrory, Flood, Kyei, Smith, Berry-Hargreaves

HAWKS Starting XI – Mannion, Passley, Oastler (c), Collins, Rooney, Green, McCarthy, Gobern, Clifford, Roberts, Rendell

Subs – Magri, Adebowale, Newton, Baggie, Rendell

Written by: Ryan Honey