Elliot Benyon kept Whitehawk alive in the National League South after scoring the winner just seconds after coming on against Welling United.
The Hawks went ahead through Lloyd Macklin, before Gold Omotayo saw red for the hosts. Olu Durojaiye drew Welling level just after half-time, but only for Benyon to score the decisive goal twelve minutes from time.
Dan Wilks came out well to deny Jack Jebb after a good ball from Durojaiye early on, before Macklin spurred a good chance for the Hawks. Callum Driver’s poor header fell to the striker, but he dragged his low drive wide against his former club.
Arnaud Mendy then saw his low drive saved by Bailey Vose as the Hawks looked to press forward, and they broke the deadlock after 18 minutes. Nassim L’Ghoul did well on the left before his low ball in picked out Macklin and his first time finish found the far corner.
Joe Healy then tested Wilks, who was at his best to deny Bradley Goldberg as the Hawks stayed ahead at the break despite Omotayo seeing red for an off-the-ball incident.
And Welling made that man advantage count just minutes into the second half. Jebb saw a free-kick headed away only as far as Durojaiye and his low volley found the bottom corner.
Substitute Tom Bradbrook then should have put Jamie Coyle’s side ahead. Driver saw his low cross met by the forward, but he headed wide of the near post.
And the visitors were made to pay for that miss, with sub Benyon coming on and meeting L’Ghoul’s corner from the right to find the roof of the net and give the Hawks three points in their battle to survive.
The visitors finished the game with ten men after sub Bradbrook saw red in added time for a horrific lunge on L’Ghoul as the winger broke forward.
|Ky Marsh-Brown||Yellow Card|
|Gold Omotayo||Red Card|