Former Hawk Jake Robinson came back to haunt his former club as Hemel Hempstead ran out 4-1 winners at the Enclosed Ground in a fiery affair.
However, the game was marred by some poor refereeing decisions – one which saw Ramon Marimon harshly sent off late in the first half.
Charlie Sheringham and Callum Driver put the Tudors two goals ahead, before Josh Passley halved the deficit with fifteen minutes to go.
However, it was the visitors who wrapped up the points with Robinson bagging a brace on his return to the South Coast late on.
The Hawks got off to the worst start possible, going behind just four minutes in. Jordan Parkes whipped in a corner which picked out an unmarked Sheringham inside six yards who made no mistake.
Andy Woodman’s side played well without any reward, with Ibby Akanbi firing a free-kick narrowly over the top before their task got even bigger seven minutes before the break.
Marimon went in hard on Robinson near the halfway line, and with everyone expecting a yellow card, referee Aji Ajibola produced a red.
Ajibola was then centre of more controversy when Danny Mills went down under a sliding challenge from Tony Diagne in the area, but the referee awarded a goal kick.
And the Tudors doubled their lead after the hour mark. Lucas Covolan could only head a long ball out as far as Driver, who from 45 yards drilled the ball on the half-volley and into the unguarded net.
That saw the dismissal of Woodman from the technical area after his protests for what looked like a foul on Passley in the build-up.
However, the Hawks got back into the game soon after. Passley ran on to a long ball over the top and one on one with Jamie Butler, fired the ball into the far corner.
Despite that, it wasn’t to be for the hosts – with two goals in five minutes from Robinson sealing the points for Hemel.
The former Hawks striker took advantage of Chris M’Boungou misjudging a long ball and he took the ball around Covolan before slotting into the empty net.
There was a certain feel for offside for his second, as he ran onto a ball through from Ben Greenhalgh, but the flag stayed down as he again rounded the Hawks keeper to compound a miserable night for the hosts.
Report by Ant Scott. Pictures by David Pillman.