Hemel Hempstead Town 3-0 Whitehawk
Saturday 5th August 2017
National League South
Whitehawk fell to a 3-0 defeat on the opening day of the 2017/2018 season despite a gutsy performance away against Hemel Hempstead Town
The opening period of the game was dominated by the hosts who had earned a number of early corners, but failed to make any chances count from them. However they should have taken the lead in the 6th minute through Summer signing Charlie Sheringham, but after struggling to control the ball in the penalty area, his tame shot was saved well by Hawks keeper Alex Tokarczyk. Just 7 minutes later Hemel did manage to find the back of the net as Greenhalgh saw the rebound of a Tokarczyk save fall to his feet and he couldn’t miss from 3 yards out.
The opening goal seemed to galvanise The Hawks who started to grow into the game more and more and began creating more chances of their own, pushing the hosts back further into their own half, with Bayan Fenwick having a couple of on-target strikes saved well by Tudors keeper Laurie Walker and Pape Gueye hitting the side netting after a brilliant run down the right wing. The hosts could have and probably should have increased their lead before half time, but Charlie Sheringham somehow headed wide with the goal at his mercy.
The Hawks started the Second Half the opposite to the First Half and looked likely to grab an early equaliser, with Defender TJ Elliott getting a good shot away on goal and Forward Connor Tighe beating off 2 defenders to force the Home keeper into making a smart save. Hemel had yet another chance to double their lead after 75 minutes, but again Sheringham missed when it was easier to score, volleying over from 2 yards out. However, The Hawks’ relief at the miss was short lived after a fantastic save by Tokarczyk saw the ball fall to ex-Hawk Alex Osborn, who made no mistake from 10 yards out.
Hemel grabbed a third on the 90th minute after Joe Howe hit the back of the net with a good finish, but the scoreline certainly flatters the hosts who were pushed all the way by the plucky Hawks, who will no doubt look to get their first points on the board on Tuesday night at Home against East Thurrock United.
Whitehawk: Tokarczyk, Wakley (Rodrigues 58′), Gordon, Elliott, Brice, Sanders ©, Rose, Whittingham, Gueye, Tighe, Fenwick
Subs not used: Hawkins (GK), Harding, Walsh
Hemel Hempstead: Walker, Driver, Howe, Parkes © (McNamara 85′), Hamblin, Kalozki, Miles (Osborn 71′), Hatton, Sheringham (Walsh 83′), Greenhalgh
Subs not used: May (GK), Connolly
Goals: Greenhalgh 13′, Osborn 80′, Howe 89′ (Hemel)
Yellow Cards: Sanders, Rose (Whitehawk)
Hawks Man of the Match: Adam Brice
By Tom Harris