Whitehawk manager Richard Hill believes the experience he has added to his side helped them pick up three points at Bishop’s Stortford.
After an early own goal, Danny Mills scored twice for the Hawks in a 3-0 win at the ProKit Stadium, before the striker was sent off for two bookings in as many minutes.
But instead of folding in the last half an hour, the ten men held firm and Ross Flitney was rarely troubled on his debut in goal.
Hill said: “I think it’s a sign of how far we have come already.
“There has been criticism over the age of some of our signings, but the experience of the likes of Ben Strevens, Paul Reid and Ross Flitney certainly proved that sometimes it is better to have those sort of players than youngsters.
“Bishop’s Stortford are a young side, but our new signings have been there and done it at this level, and know what it takes to win.
“That certainly showed, especially when we went down to ten men.”
The Hawks got off to a perfect start, with Glen Southam’s corner three minutes in being helped on by Mills, only for Tarik Moore-Azille to turn the ball past his own keeper.
Hill’s men looked comfortable, with Ben Strevens impressing in midfield, before Mills struck with two goals in three minutes before the break.
Poor defending from the hosts allowed Strevens to play the ball through to the striker, who finished well past Joe Wright.
2-0 was soon 3-0 for the Hawks, as last season’s top scorer took his tally to six for the season. Sergio Torres beat Paul Rodgers before he provided the pass for Mills to fire under the home keeper.
The second half was uneventful in comparison, with the only downer on the Hawks’ day coming on the hour mark when Mills saw red.
After a caution for kicking the ball away, he was then booked again by referee Aji Ajibola moments later for a foul to pick up the Hawks’ second red card of the season.
“That was the only disappointment,” added Hill, referring to Mills’ dismissal.
“Hopefully he will learn from it, but I was pleased with the team as I felt we remained comfortable even with ten men.”
The Hawks move up to 16th with the win in Essex, and have won five of the last six matches since Hill’s arrival.
Pictures by David Hunt.
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