Gosport were previously unbeaten away from home and Whitehawk themselves have now only lost one of their previous eight games.
The game will come to the jubilation of manager Steve King who will be impressed with the battling spirit of all his team in continuing Whithehawk’s recent fine run of performances and results.
Steve King made a number of changes to Tuesday’s controlling victory against Bognor Regis, recalling Danny Mills and Sergio Torres and seemingly setting up his team to attack the travelling Gosport side.
Midweek calls from Steve King for the attacking partnership of Mills and Robinson to get twenty goals each this season seemed to pay dividends from strong early pressure against the Gosport defence.
Robinson’s fine interplay with Mills and then his crafting, skilful run at the edge of the box gave Sergio Torres a solid chance to put the home side ahead but unfortunately couldn’t quite finish it into the beckoning net.
Although Bennett had a long-shot which went onto hit the woodwork, so too often were the Hampshire side strongly dispossessed by David Ijaha and Tom Cadmore in the final third.
The best chance of the first half fell to Danny Mills when he benefited from another Whitehawk cross, and from six yards out, Gosport would feel lucky not to have gone into the break behind.
In the second half there was a vigorous and tough battle in midfield with a sense that both these promotion rivals knew the importance of the three points at stake.
Despite several injuries to Whitehawk’s defence, in the second half, the Hawk’s would have been happy to neutralize Gosport’s top scorer Justin Bennett. The visitors were mostly kept at arm’s length and their best chance fell to Adam Wilde but his shot in the end went wide.
As the game progressed Whitehawk heightened the pressure onto Nathan Ashmore’s goal. After calls for a penalty on Sam Deering; recently introduced Gerado Bruno, helped spearhead fine movement and aggression from a host of Whitehawk attacks.
Whitehawk capitalized on this pressure and eventually came out of the battle on top. Sam Deering’s menacing run on the right side of the pitch exposed Gosport’s defence. With the sign of true composure, Mills neatly played in Robinson who, to the raptures of the home support, buried it into the bottom corner of Ashmore’s net to give Whitehawk the well deserved winner.
The Hawks have now taken 13 points from a possible 15 points and now, with a merited break, next up for Whitehawk is an away trip to Weston-Super-Mare on December 16th.
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