Vanarama Conference South Saturday 21st March 2015
Whitehawk FC 0 – 1 Basingstoke Town FC
Whitehawk saw manager Steve King presented with his Manager of The Month award pre-match and he might later be rueing the ‘curse of the award’!
Whitehawk went down to a Liam Enver-Marum goal on 16 minutes. The ball from a corner was missed at the near post by a Basingstoke player and then allowed to bounce in the area before arriving at an unmarked Enver-Marum at the back post – leaving the striker a simple task to score.
The home side created plenty of decent chances in the half, Jake Robinson, on 22 minutes, with a penetrating run played in John-Paul Kissock whose shot from close range was well saved by Stuart Moore in the Basingstoke goal. Danny Mills went agonizingly close with a header on 39 minutes and Scott Neilson for Whitehawk shot just over before the half ended. Basingstoke had their chances too Louie Soares had a point blank shot well saved by the legs of keeper Craig Ross and Shaun McAuley shot wide just before the break when he broke one-on-one with the home keeper.
The second half was all Whitehawk, with the visitors rarely even getting in the the opposition half. Both home fullbacks Lee Hills and Nick Arnold were involved in many moves and JP Kissock was extremely busy too. A succession of chances brought no reward: 4 free kicks on the edge of the penalty area, the lively Scott Neilson hitting the crossbar, 2 goalbound shots deflected away for corners – one from Jake Robinson and a super volley from Neilson.
Whitehawk’s enormous dominance couldn’t produce a goal and Basingstoke defended bravely and in strength to take a most unlikely 3 points in this one sided affair.