Whitehawk boss Steve King was delighted with his Whitehawk side after they continued their great start to 2018 against play-off hopefuls Truro City.
Goals courtesy of Kodi Lyons-Foster, an own goal and Gold Omotayo saw the Hawks come from 2-1 down to win 3-2 and make it three wins from their last four games.
The win also sees the Hawks move just twelve points from safety – and Hawks fans are starting to believe in the great escape.
“I thought in the first half an hour we were almost unplayable, and deserved to be more than just one goal ahead with the chances we had,” said the Hawks boss after the game.
“However, they made us pay for our misses and they took theirs to go ahead.
“Second half I felt we absolutely deserved what we got, and even had chances to make it more comfortable.
“Truro came onto us and we defended like proper men, which is obviously great to see.
Everyone out on that pitch contributed with their work-rate and you couldn’t ask for any more.”
The Hawks made an encouraging start shooting up the hill at the TerraPura Ground, with Ky Marsh-Brown playing the ball across to Omotayo but his low drive was flicked wide by Elliot Benyon.
The hosts then took a deserved lead twenty minutes in. Marsh-Brown whipped in a cross after a corner was only half cleared, and Omotayo helped it on to Lyons-Foster who fired in low past McHale from ten yards.
However, the Tigers equalised just four minutes later. Aaron Lamont played a neat ball through to Cody Cooke who found the far corner in Truro’s first real venture into the Hawks area.
And the visitors went close to going in front just moments after when a corner fell to Noah Keats at the far post but his rasping half volley came back off the post.
Whitehawk then should have regained the lead ten minutes before the break. Sam Chaney slipped a great through ball to Omotayo who one on one should have hit the target but fired wide of the far post.
And that miss proved costly as Truro went ahead minutes later. Connor Riley-Lowe fired the ball across goal and after a good save to keep out Ben Harding, Dan Wilks could do little to prevent the midfielder from poking in the rebound.
The Hawks started on the front foot in the second half, and got the equaliser six minutes in when Chaney’s corner from the left looked for Omotayo, but Harding, in his bid to head the ball away from the striker, could only head the ball into the far corner of his own net.
And the hosts regained the lead just after the hour. Marsh-Brown ran onto a great pass from Caden Genovesi and was bundled over by Lamont for a penalty. Omotayo stepped up, but saw his tame penalty saved. However, the striker was first to the loose ball and fired the Hawks in front.
Truro, who went into the game in fifth spot, threw everything forward in a bid to avoid defeat but the Hawks defended admirably, with the hosts unlucky not to add to their lead late on when substitute Nathaniel Pinney saw his low drive saved after great work from the outstanding Benyon.
Talking of survival, King added: “It’s still too early to dream about it.
“We will continue to take it game by game and will do our best and see where that takes us.”
And Truro boss Lee Hodges was impressed with how the Hawks have changed since their 7-2 loss in Cornwall earlier in the season.
“They are a much-changed side from earlier in the season, had they had this team from the start of the season they would be right up there now,” said the White Tigers boss.
“It’s one of the few occasions where I’ve had to say that we got what we deserved.”
By Anthony Scott