Whitehawk ran out winners after an impressive first half display against Harlow Town.
The start couldn’t have been any better for Jude Macdonald’s Whitehawk, as they scored with their very first visit to the opponents half. Captain, Muggeridge whipped in a corner, Goode rose highest and headed home with just 4 minutes gone.
Whitehawk were unlucky not to double their lead on 10 minutes when Ky Marsh-Brown cut inside and fired an effort past Hughes but was beaten by the crossbar.
It didn’t take long for Whitehawk to open up Harlow once again, this time Rodrigues causing the problems for Harlow, cutting in from the right and brought down by Conteh in the area. Williams picked up the ball and placed it to the keepers right, however Hughes guessed right and saves well!
Within a minute of missing the penalty, Williams leaped on a mistake at the back to play in Rodrigues, who slotted past Hughes to double the lead.
Just after the half hour, Rodrigues made it 3-0, as he cut inside from the right and flashed a wicked effort past Hughes.
The next chance fell to the skipper, who rode a few challenges in the Harlow penalty area, before being denied by the foot of the Harlow post.
39 minutes in, this time the Hawks look menacing down the left wing, Ky Marsh-Brown cuts inside and fires a curling effort into the far corner, 4-0 Whitehawk. The fans are delirious, is this really happening?
Harlow hit back within 2 minutes as Minter brought down McCollin in the area, McCollin dusted himself off and sent Minter the wrong way, 4-1 half time.
The second half was a much quieter affair with very few chances and plenty of tired legs.
Harlow found a second on the hour when Goode’s clearance ended up in his own net.
The Hawks of Harlow pushed for another, but the Hawks of Whitehawk stayed strong to run out winners.
Game over, the Hawks have done something that’s not been done for 5 seasons, we’ve started with a win!
Whitehawk: Minter, Walsh, R Marsh-Brown, Muggeridge (c), Shooman, Goode, Rodrigues (Sanders 90), O’Neill, Fraser (Hallard 61), Williams, Ky Marsh-Brown (Sisimayi 61)
Subs not used: Broughton, Kwai Marsh-Brown
Harlow Town: Hughes, Rodgers, Vaughan (Kissi 60), Conteh (Martin 23), Simms, Kyprianou, Clayden, Gordon (c), McCollin, Edwards, Clark (Raad 46)
Subs not used: Lori, Obisanya
Goals: Goode 4, Rodrigues 21, 33, Ky Marsh Brown 39 (Whitehawk); McCollin 42 (pen), Goode (OG) 61 (Harlow Town)
Yellow Cards: O’Neill, Williams, Walsh (Whitehawk); Edwards, Vaughan (Harlow Town)
Man of the Match: Lucas Rodrigues
|Fintan Walsh||Yellow Card|
|Brannon O’Neill||Yellow Card|
|Jason Williams||AssistYellow Card|