Whitehawk 1 – 1 St Albans City
Saturday 23rd September
National League South
Whitehawk began life in the National League South under Steve King with a spirited performance to earn them a draw with high-flying St Albans City.
Despite their lowly position, the Hawks started brightly with only great defending from Tom Gardiner denying Pape Gueye after a great cross from Brandon Scott, before Steve King’s side took a fully deserved lead after 16 minutes.
Michael Cain burst through the City defence, but his one on one effort was saved by Dean Snedker. However, Gueye was first to the loose ball and he fired into the roof of the net.
Kyjuon-Jaeger Marsh-Brown, one of four new signings for the hosts, then fired just wide of the near post after good work on the edge of the area, before the Saints went close with David Noble firing just wide from 22 yards.
Ian Allinson’s side then drew level just before the break, but it wasn’t without its luck as Kieran Monlouis hit a hopeful ball into the area that beat Simon Jorgensen and found the top far corner.
St Albans then almost went ahead on the hour when Shaun Lucien played the ball across to sub Sam Merson, but his low shot was well saved by Jorgensen low to his right.
The Hawks continued to press in a bid to regain their lead, with David Ijaha firing just over the top, before Gueye did well to work an opening but saw his shot blocked from inside the area.
At the other end, Rhys Murrell-Williamson forced Jorgensen into a smart save late on, as his low shot curling towards the far corner was tipped around the far post.
Whitehawk: Jorgensen (GK), Rose, Gordon, Ijaha ©, Garnett, Odofin, Scott, Elliott, Gueye (Ovenden 90’), Cain (Tighe 77’), Marsh-Brown (Khanye 63’)
Subs not used: Walsh, Tokarczyk (GK)
St Albans City: Snedker, Herd, Bender, Noble ©, Gardiner, Joseph, Lucien, Sambou, Walker (Merson 57’), Monlouis (Adeloye 77’), Banton (Murrell-Williamson 67’)
Subs not used: Eadie, Kiangebeni
Goals: Gueye 16’ (Whitehawk); Monlouis 43’ (St Albans City)
Yellow Card: Rose (Whitehawk); Gardiner (St Albans City)
Hawks man of the match: Addison Garnett
Match report by Ant Scott