Whitehawk continued their improvement under Andy Woodman as they picked up their third win in five games against Bishop’s Stortford.
Christian Scales’ low ball in was deflected goalwards by a visiting defender early on, with Richard Walton doing well to turn the ball over the bar, before Scales volleyed just wide after great work from Hogan Ephraim.
An uneventful first half was summed up on the half hour mark, with Frankie Sutherland seeing an effort well blocked by a resolute Stortford defence.
The Hawks continued to create chances after the break, with Ephraim – making his home debut – going close before Danny Mills had the best chance of the game on 53 minutes.
The hosts’ top scorer brought down a ball in on his chest but only to see his volley was saved well.
Mike West then went close for the Hawks, but his effort from twenty yards was off target before Stortford went close to breaking the deadlock. Adam Everitt got on the end of a corner, but could only find the roof of the net.
The decisive moment came on 71 minutes. Danny Mills was hauled down inside the area, and the Hawks were awarded a penalty. Substitute Glen Southam stepped up, and made no mistake from twelve yards.
Stortford then camped inside the Hawks’ half late on, but the home side defended admirably to see out the game.
Man of the Match: Elliott Omozusi (Whitehawk)
Referee: Lee Venamore
Hawks: Covolan, Passley, Harding, West, M’Boungou, Omozusi, Torres, Sutherland (Southam 56), Mills, Ephraim (Forte 68), Scales (Akanbi 59). Subs: Rodrigues, Favarel.
Stortford: Walton, Rodgers (Adebowale 87), Williams, Hickford, Bray, Purse, Ronto (Ford 63), Taiwo, Callender, Everitt, Davidson. Subs: Harris, Kouassi, Kabyla.
Report by Ant Scott. Pictures by David Pillman.