October 11, 2014
Score: 4 - 4
FA CUP 3rd Qualifying Round
Saturday 11th October 2014
Whitehawk FC 4 – 4 Chelmsford City FC
Whitehawk recover in cup classic
On a day when the FA Cup made an appearance at The Enclosed Ground, these two sides fought out an eight goal thriller to befit the famous trophy.
Jake Robinson and Sergio Torres returned to the starting line up for Whitehawk after recovering from injury and there was a debut for goalkeeper Lewis Ward – signed on loan from Reading – in place of the ineligible Craig Ross.
The teenager was probably wishing he was back in Berkshire however, as Whitehawk found themselves 2-0 down after just four minutes.
Chelmsford forward Michael Cheek – who hit a hat trick in the last round against Worthing – opened the scoring two minutes in, latching on to a Nicky Nicolau pass to slot past Ward.
Just moments later, a Joe Ward free kick found it’s way to the back of the net to leave the Clarets celebrating and the home side wandering what had hit them.
To their credit, Whitehawk didn’t let their heads drop and they got themselves back in the game after 10 minutes when Osei Sankofa’s header from a Sam Deering corner made it 2-1.
Geohagan then had another header from a Deering corner cleared off the line before Robinson’s hot goalscoring streak continued.
The forward scored his third FA cup goal of the season after 18 minutes when he collected Deering’s pass and finished calmly past Niklas Freund.
Deering was involved in all of Whitehawk’s best moments and he had a great chance saved by Freund and another effort which went over the bar, before Robinson had a long range effort which the Chelmsford keeper was again equal to.
On the half hour mark, a remarkable Whitehawk turnaround was complete with a goal to grace any game.
Lee Hills’s initial free kick from wide on the right was blocked before the left back picked up the ball and let fly with a spectacular strike into the top corner as Freund helplessly watched on.
Chelmsford went close from a shot by Ward, and Callum Driver had to be alert when making a great clearing header, but they got themselves level in stoppage time.
Again it was that man Cheek, heading home from a corner to make it 3-3 going in to the break.
This classic cup tie did not let up in the second half, with both sides going close in an end to end encounter.
Robinson fired just wide from another ball by Deering, and the visitors went close from former Albion youngster Leon Redwood’s shot.
Midway through the half Whitehawk were back in front through Robinson, the striker’s sixth goal in his last three appearances.
A great pass by Torres sent him clear, and although his initial shot was saved, Danny Mills touched it back for Robinson to take the glory.
Torres then nearly extended the home side’s lead when his brilliant strike was well saved by Freund, before Chelmsford got themselves back on level terms.
Geohaghon tripped substitute Rohdell Gordon in the box, and although the striker’s penalty was brilliantly saved by Lewis Ward, his namesake Joe was on hand to follow up the rebound and make it 4-4.
Still the chances came for both sides in the dying minutes, Joe Ward’s effort smothered at close range by Whitehawk’s debutant, and then David Ijaha’s stoppage time shot going just wide.
Whitehawk Star Man: Sergio Torres