Whitehawk 0-0 Folkestone Invicta
Bostik Premier League – Game 17
On a cold, wet evening in East Brighton, Whitehawk welcomed mid-table side Folkestone Invicta to the TerraPura Ground. A win for Whitehawk would mean they would leave the foot of the table, as well as put an end to their undesirable run of form of late.
The return of Lucas Rodrigues to the Hawks starting lineup seemed to cause a spark that lifted the whole team. The Hawks, and in particular Lucas, made a bright start to the game, with a sharp counter attack finding James Fraser one-on-one with the Folkstone ‘keeper, though he was unable to find the bottom corner. Whitehawk continued the pressure, and in the 30th minute, a corner found Nat Pinney at the far post, however his shot was deflected agonisingly across the goal line and out for a corner.
Half time came with the Hawks in control, and looking to capitalise on the current shift of momentum. However, the game began to balance out, with Folkestone beginning to create multiple chances of their own. Invicta came very close to breaking the deadlock, when striker Ade Yusuff beat the offside trap but could not beat the outstretched arms of Hawks ‘keeper Melvin Minter. Just minutes later, Whitehawk’s Connor Tighe came inches away from a spectacular goal, but his curling first-time effort struck the outside of the post with the Invicta ‘keeper beaten.
Both sides pressed late on for a winner, but eventually they would go on to share the points. 0-0 the final score, with Jude MacDonald’s side remaining at the bottom of the table, with Folkestone remaining in 15th place. The Hawks next face AFC Hornchurch at the TerraPura Ground, looking to push on from what was a much improved performance.
By Finn Honeywood
Hawks: Minter, Goode, Cooney, Muggeridge (c), Drage, Christie, Rodrigues (Marsh-Brown 69′), Emberson, Pinney (Williams 77′), Fraser, Tighe
Subs not used: Walsh, Unwin, Sanders
Invicta: Roberts, Starkey, Blanks, O’Mara, Davies, Paxman, Newman, Everitt, Draycott, Yusuff, McCann
Subs not used: Rowland, Vincent, Madden, Shaw
Yellow Cards: Minter (Hawks); Blanks (Invicta)
Man of the Match: Melvin Minter
|Melvin Minter||Yellow Card|