Vanarama Conference South Saturday 18th April 2015
Whitehawk FC v Hemel Hempstead Town FC
Attendance : 525
A sunny carnival atmosphere on Sponsors Day (and The Piranhas playing live in the bar) – saw Whitehawk lineup against Hemel in their away strip – the change enforced by the visitors kit mix up.
All distractions aside Steve King’s side would need a win today to ensure a place in the end of season playoffs.
A blustery wind and hard surface meant that high balls were always a threat and Hemel, who had in the run up to the game, expressed a desire to help Concord with a positive result, did their best to use the conditions to their advantage.
But it was the home side, with some good joined-up play who engineered four good chances in the first half and converted two of them for a half time lead.
First on 29 minutes Danny Mills scored a great goal when he took the ball on his chest, mid-air with his back to goal, spun and shot firmly into the corner. The next minute Sam Gargan played in Scott Neilson who took it to the keeper and put the ball across him into the far corner.
A crowd of 525 were enjoying the second half until a misplaced pass allowed sub Zane Banton to turn in the box and fire the ball across Craig Ross in the Whitehawk goal to reduce Hemels deficit to one. Shortly after it could have been all square, a header going narrowly wide at the far post. But the final result – which had never really seemed in doubt was sealed in the 83rd minute with Sam Deering slotting home a penalty he had won after being fouled in the box.
Photos by club photographer David Pillman
Photos by David Hunt