Oxford City 1-0 Whitehawk
Saturday 11th March 2017
National League South
Whitehawk were unable to increase their gap over the relegation zone on Saturday afternoon after they were narrowly defeated at Oxford City.
The opening stages of the game were relatively cagey, with both sides having chances with Jefferson Louis and Frankie Sutherland coming closest for their sides. Midway through the half The Hoops had a great chance to take the lead as former Hawks player Stephane Ngamvoulou broke clear, but Dan Harding was able to make a good tackle in the box to dispossess him. Shortly afterwards, The Hawks had their best chance of the half as Mike West fired towards goal from 25 yards out and keeper Craig Hill did well to palm the shot away from goal. Minutes later Oxford had a golden chance of their own as Kaiman Anderson broke through Whitehawk’s defence to smash a shot against the post from 5 yards out.
The first period of the Second Half was uneventful with both teams lacking any sort of cutting edge. That was until Frankie Sutherland did well to find space and force Oxford keeper Hill into a fine save. Oxford then came back shortly afterwards themselves with Godfrey Poku drawing a fine save from Lucas Covolan from 20 yards out.
With it looking increasingly like the points would fairly be shared, Jefferson Louis was allowed far too much time and space just inside The Hawks’ penalty area and was able to hit a fine shot over an advancing Covolan to seal an undeserved victory for the hosts. Defeat for The Hawks was not a disaster, but just a missed opportunity following 20th placed Gosport Borough being defeated 2-0 by Margate.
Line-Up: Covolan, Passley, Harding, West, M’Boungou, Omozusi, Torres ©, Sutherland, Mills, Akanbi (Rodrigues 57), Mills – Subs Not Used: Hobbs (GK), Lengka, Southam, Favarel
Hawks Man of the Match: Sergio Torres
Report by Tom Harris. Pictures by David Hunt.