Whitehawk into Quarter Finals of Sussex Senior Cup
By Danny Bellringer
Whitehawk are through to the Quarter Finals of the Parafix Sussex Senior Cup after a 2-0 win over Bognor Regis Town at a wet and windy Enclosed Ground.
It was much more comfortable than the scoreline suggests with ex-Hawks keeper Chris Winterton making a series of outstanding saves.
Steve King made a number of changes to the side which was so unlucky to bow out of the FA Trophy at Basingstoke with recalls for Sylvestre Guyonnet, Ahmed Abdulla, Segio Makofo and Sam Gargan.
Whitehawk had the first chance of the match just five minutes in when Osei Sankofa’s effort flashed just wide.
The Ryman Premier side had a great chance to take the lead after 14 minutes when Alex Parsons slipped Ollie Pearce through on goal, but Craig Ross did brilliantly to narrow the angle and force the ball for a corner.
The hosts began to impose themselves more as the half wore on, and Makofo’s lightning break down the right saw his effort saved by Winterton with John Paul Kissock unable to capitalise on the rebound.
Winterton then pulled off an incredible save to deny Gargan after 40 minutes, and the centre forward’s follow up was headed off the Bognor line to ensure the teams went in even at half time.
Whitehawk dominated the second half from start to finish, with Sam Deering bursting through after 52 minutes only to be denied by Winterton’s inch perfect tackle on the edge of the box.
Gargan was then denied by another wonder save from a close range header after 56 minutes, before finally beating his former team mate seconds later, forcing the ball home after good work by Makofo.
Bognor then threatened the Whitehawk goal with Nick Arnold having to clear off the line before the right back was again alert to the danger, thwarting a cross from Parsons.
The home side continued to pepper Winterton’s goal, Makofo heading just wide from a Deering free kick, and the busy Arnold having his effort saved by the legs of Winterton from a tight angle.
The Rocks did have the ball in the net after 73 minutes, but Pearce’s effort was correctly ruled out for offside.
King brought on Jake Robinson and Danny Mills, and it was the latter who sealed victory with two minutes to go, surging forward before slotting past Winterton.
So in the end Whitehawk comfortably became the first side through to the Quarter Finals, and King will be pleased his team came through unscathed as they enter the hectic festive period.