Whitehawk 2-0 Sutton United
Monday 31st August 2015
Vanarama National League South
By Anthony Scott
A great first half performance saw Whitehawk move up to eighth in the Vanarama National League South after a 2-0 win over Sutton United.
Two goals in as many first half minutes from Danny Mills and then Shamir Fenelon put Steve King’s side on their way to a comfortable victory against a Sutton side reduced to ten men when Shaun Cooper saw red after the half hour mark.
It was the U’s who started the better, however, as Dan Fitchett and then Ross Stern forced Craig Ross into low diving saves, before the hosts got into the groove, and broke the deadlock thirteen minutes in.
Nick Arnold fired the ball low into the area and after the ball ricocheted around the Sutton penalty area, the ball fell to Sam Deering who appeared to be hauled down inside the box, but the loose ball instead found Mills who slammed home from ten yards.
With the Hawks support in full voice, there was barely any time to take it in before it was 2-0. Bryan Van Den Bogaert drove forward from defence before playing a great ball through to Fenelon, who was making his first start since signing from Crawley Town on loan. The forward saw his first effort blocked by the lunging Cooper, but he was first to the loose ball and steered the ball low into the near corner.
Arnold then fired narrowly wide from twenty yards, before Deering saw his free kick on the edge of the area curl just off target on the half hour mark.
The visitors were then reduced to ten men when the Hawks played a quick free kick and Deering looked to be through on goal, before Cooper hauled him down just outside the area, with referee Andrew Laver having no hesitation at sending the defender off for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity.
The Hawks looked to capitalise at their numerical advantage before the break when Scott Neilson saw a free kick parried by Ross Worner, but Juan Cruz Gotta could only fire the rebound over the bar after getting first to the loose ball.
In a less eventful second half, Fenelon saw an effort flash wide of the far post before Deering played a free kick through to the Crawley loanee but his strike under pressure went narrowly over the bar.
Dan Spence then did well to block Mills’ effort when he looked through on goal, before Deering tried his luck his an effort from distance which dipped just over the top.
Mills then fired wide after good work from Arnold, before Sutton threatened to get back into the game late on when substitute Tom Bolarinwa did well to get the better of Van Den Bogaert, but only to see his effort saved by the feet of Ross.
In added time, man of the match Deering then came close to adding a third, with his free kick being kept out by a smart save from Worner.
The Hawks travel to Oxford City on Saturday, looking to pick up a win against a side who, like Steve King’s side, have only lost once so far this season.
Hawks: Ross, Arnold, Sessegnon, Ijaha (Mendy 71), Gotta, Van Den Bogaert, Deering, Torres ©, Fenelon, Mills, Neilson (Martin 73). Subs: Stevens, Rose, Ngamvoulou. Cautions: Arnold, Gotta.
U’s: Worner, Spence, Wishart, Bechwith, Cooper, McAllister (Bolarinwa 66), Spillane, Southam, Dundas, Fitchett (Wright 53), Stern (Fleetwood 45). Subs: Amankwaah, Shaw. Cautions: Wishart, Bechwith, Spillane, Dudnas, Wright. Sent Off: Cooper.
Shots: WHK 14-6 SUT, Shots On Target: WHK 7-4 SUT, Corners: WHK 5-2 SUT, Fouls Committed: WHK 8-17 SUT, Offside: WHK 7-9 SUT, Bookings: WHK 2-5 SUT, Red Cards: WHK 0-1 SUT.
Photos by David Hunt