Whitehawk are up to third in the Vanarama National League South after coming from behind to win for the third time in a row writes Anthony Scott.
However, boss Steve King will aim to improve his side further on the training pitch in the coming weeks as the Hawks target promotion.
The returning Jake Robinson and Danny Mills were on target in a 2-1 win at Concord Rangers.
Hawks have made a habit of doing things the hard way – coming from behind on both occasions in 3-2 win against Maidenhead United and Havant & Waterlooville in the matches prior to Concord – and the win at Thames Road was no exception.
Rangers went ahead six minutes in through a Steve Cawley penalty after Jordan Rose was alleged to have handled in the area by the referee – much to the visitors’ anger.
Despite that, great work from Sergio Torres set up Robinson who drew King’s side level before the break. Robinson returned to the starting line-up following his successful return off the bench against Havant after six matches out through injury, and has returned with two goals in his last two appearances.
Mills, who was left out of the starting eleven due to tactical reasons, then came off the bench to fire in the winner with fifteen minutes to go following a great cross from Arnaud Mendy.
King said: “We’ve won three on the bounce, we are unbeaten in seven, but we are still improving.
“Individually our back four are playing well, but collectively they can still get better. I’m not happy with our goals against record.
The Hawks boss understandably felt the goal they conceded in Essex was contentious.
He said: “The ref gave a penalty for hand ball, but everyone knew the ball hit Jordan Rose on the chest.”
Hawks, who are now top scorers in the three National League divisions, play some free-flowing football, but they had to carve out a result in ugly fashion on this occasion – an aspect which delighted King.
King added: “It was one of those games where we had to dig out a result. They don’t let you play well.
“It’s a tight pitch and they are in your face from minute one. They are very much a spoiling team so this was an important test of character and we came through.
“It wasn’t one of the most stylish performances but three points are three points.”
Whitehawk take on Dulwich Hamlet in the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup at The Enclosed Ground on Saturday.
Hawks: Ross, Arnold, Sessegnon, Ijaha (Mendy 64), Rose, Gotta, Martin (Stevens 66), Torres, Fenelon (Mills 65), Robinson, Neilson. Subs not used: Ngamvoulou, Gaylor.
Photos by David Hunt
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