Whitehawk were left to rue a mistake as they earned a well deserved point away at second place Hampton & Richmond.
Dan Wilks was caught out by a Josh Casey corner and took the ball over his own line to cancel out Elliot Benyon’s first half strike for the Hawks. Charlie Wassmer saw red for the hosts in the second half, but the Hawks couldn’t make their numerical advantage count.
And whilst the way the Hawks conceded was frustrating for manager Steve King, the draw sees his side pick up a point which few would have predicted before kick-off.
Chances were at a premium at the Beveree Stadium for both sides, with Wilks producing a fine save to deny Josh Taylor after a mistake at the back.
The Hawks then went ahead with their first real attack after half an hour. Kodi Lyons-Foster produced a dangerous ball in which Nathaniel Pinney left for Benyon, who after slipping at the first attempt still managed to steer the ball into the bottom corner whilst on the ground.
Hampton then went close to drawing level before the break, but Wilks produced another solid stop as Elliott Charles went through on goal after good play from Max Kretzschmar.
The second half was only three minutes old when the hosts got the equaliser in bizarre fashion. Casey whipped in a corner towards the near post from the right, which caught Wilks out and the keeper was only able to carry it over his own line, with the linesman awarding the goal.
Wilks then had his blushes spared again as Taylor latched onto a neat through ball before his low drive was deflected onto the post by Wilks before the keeper claimed the loose ball with a sigh of relief.
Hampton were then reduced to ten men after the hour mark as Charlie Wassmer, booked earlier for a collision with Wilks, needlessly lunged in on Benyon and referee Jacob Miles had little option but to send off the defender.
Gold Omotayo and Lucas Rodrigues came off the bench as the Hawks changed their shape in an attempt to get that second goal, with the former a whisker away from getting on the end of a great ball through from Caden Genovesi at the near post.
Rodrigues then went close to snatching the points at the death, but he flashed a low drive wide from just inside the area.
Overall it was a good performance from the Hawks, who missed the injured Ky Marsh-Brown. A tricky trip to Bath City awaits next weekend in the next chapter of a potential great escape.
|David Ijaha||Yellow Card|
|Elliot Benyon||GoalYellow Card|
|Arnaud Mendy||Yellow Card|
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