Vanarama Conference South Saturday 28th February 2015
Maidenhead Utd FC 0 – 2 Whitehawk FC
Two first half goals from Scott Neilson and Jake Robinson saw Whitehawk go five games unbeaten at struggling Maidenhead United.
A sticky pitch – and in some places quite soft – greeted the Hawks at York Road, but that was a contrast to Whitehawk’s performance as they put on another good display.
A happy Steve King said after the win: “I thought we controlled the game from start to finish – and were unlucky not to have been four or even five goals ahead by half time.
“2-0 is always one of those scorelines that if they get one back it could have been a difficult game, but I don’t recall Craig Ross in our goal having to make a real save.
“It was a very professional performance from the lads, and I thought we were excellent defensively.”
Scott Neilson, who scored on his full debut in last weekend’s win at home to St. Albans, made it two in two games with 26 minutes on the clock.
Maidenhead keeper Timms was sweeping way out of his goal when Neilson beat him to a ball through, and carried it around him and almost half of the pitch to net safely. Handily placed Whitehawk supporters helped with his celebrations as the visitors got off to the start they wanted.
Here’s how it happened …
John-Paul Kissock spurned a great chance to double the lead, before Danny Mills couldn’t complete a great move as he failed to score from 6 yards.
Well on top and always threatening, Whitehawk added a second goal on 42 minutes when Jake Robinson – who returned after missing last week’s win due to injury – finished well from a corner …. and celebrated …
2-0 was the lead that Whitehawk took into half-time.
The second half saw the visitors continue to threaten, but the score remained at 2-0. With other play-off contenders winning, it proved to be another 3 valuable points.
New signing, defender Marvin Hamilton from Eastbourne Borough, was a named substitute – but did not get off the bench.
The Hawks now face Burgess Hill Town in the semi final of the Sussex Senior Cup on Tuesday night (March 3) at Culver Road, Lancing.
Looking ahead to the game, King said: “It will be tough game. They are unbeaten in the league this season which at any standard is a fantastic achievement.
“They have done ever so well beating higher ranked teams like Aldershot Town in the FA Cup and FA Trophy this season – so we will definitely not under-estimate them.”
Match Report by Anthony Scott