Whitehawk 1-1 Stourbridge
Shots: WHK 9-6 STR; On Target: WHK 8-3 STR; Corners: WHK 7-2 STR; Fouls Committed: WHK 16-14 STR; Offside: WHK 1-2 STR
Whitehawk and Stourbridge face a replay for a place in the Second Round of the FA Cup after Dan Scarr cancelled out Glen Southam’s wonder goal.
The Hawks went ahead just after ten minutes. Glen Southam won the ball from Brian Smikle and smashed a great half volley into the top corner, beyond the helpless Matthew Gould.
Benbow then tested Ross Flitney for the first time, with his free-kick from 20 yards well held by the keeper as the visitors finished the half stronger.
And the Northern League Premier side continued to be on top at the start of the second period, and drew level with 52 minutes on the clock.
Chris Lait’s cross was headed away by Danny Mills, only as far as Dan Scarr who fired the ball low past the diving Flitney and into the bottom corner.
The Hawks looked for a response, but Mills was unable to take advantage of Gould’s spill at a corner before Flitney at the other end saved well from Benbow’s well-hit free kick.
Benbow continued to cause the Hawks problems, with another effort having to be turned over the top by Flitney before the hosts turned the screw.
However, the controversy was to follow. Mills was unlucky not to turn Lucas Rodrigues’ cross into the net from inside six yards, before the striker forced a great save from Gould.
From that corner, the ball dropped to Torres, who then found Javier Favarel. The substitute struck a thunderbolt from 20 yards into the bottom corner on the volley, but only for referee Robert Whitton to blow for full-time as he took the shot.
That all means that the two sides will go at it again a week Monday.
Whitehawk boss Richard Hill told BBC Radio Sussex: “I’ve just said to the referee ‘why don’t you just wait two seconds?’ But time is up so he has to blow the whistle.”
Hawks striker, Danny Mills, felt the goal should have stood.
“I think the way the ball has sat up the referee has to leave it and see what happens,” he said.
“It was an unbelievable strike. A split second before and we would be in the second round, but it is what it is and we have to forget about it now.”
Highlights of the match are available here – http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/37807827
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