Saturday 18th October 2014
Staines Town FC 1 – 2 Whitehawk FC
On the opening day of the season Staines Town visited Whitehawk and won 2-1, and had been generally well organised and strong in all departments. Now their recent run of defeats exceeds that of Whitehawk’s and sees them bottom of the table. The result today will of great importance to both sets of managers.
Whitehawk have seen some changes this week with the release of Callum Driver, Emmanuel Monthe, Exodus Geohaghon and the return of Lewis Ward to Reading after his loan spell. Added to that Assistant Manager/coach Gary Smith has moved on, to be replaced by Pablo Asensio, an Argentinean ex professional footballer who was Steve King’s Assistant Manager at Macclesfield. Pablo is a UEFA Pro Licence ‘A’ coaching badge holder.
It looked like it could be another day of hard luck stories when Staines take the lead within the first five minutes – with a ‘horror show’ goal. Swans’ keeper Jack Turner clears the ball upfield, on the wind, with a massive kick which bounced once and flew straight over Whitehawk keeper Craig Ross’ head! The sort of fluke goal that it is possible to see (rarely) at any level of football – but not a good start to the day.
For the majority of the first half, Whitehawk were second best and looked to be getting knocked off the ball too easily. But towards the end of the half the battle for midfield was starting to be won and ‘second balls’ picked up too. As the visitors started to ‘make their own luck’ … the chances started to come, including two strong shouts for penalties: the first when Tom Cadmore was pushed, two handed in the back, to prevent him heading for goal and just before half time when Sam Deering was about to head a rebounded shot into the empty goal when he was clearly fouled.
HT 1 – 0
Whitehawk dominated the second half and won a penalty for handball from a Jake Robinson shot, which Sam Deering converted on 50 minutes.
Disappointed not to take the penalty, Jake Robinson would get his chance with the dead ball, seven minutes later when he was fouled on the edge of the box. He picked his spot and fired home straight into the far bottom corner of the goal.
Although Whitehawk were on top for most of the second period, keeper Craig Ross was called on twice to make terrific saves – one a strong hand to push a shot over the back (very similar to a save made in the first half) and another good block.
With Whitehawk’s interest in the FA Cup over – they will now have a two week break to train and plan with the new coach.