Hampton & Richmond Borough 0-2 Whitehawk
Tuesday 13th September 2016
National League South
The Hawks returned to winning ways on Tuesday evening in South-West London as they defeated newly-promoted Hampton and Richmond Borough 2-0, giving new boss Richard Hill his first win as Whitehawk manager.
The side immediately was different to Saturday’s which was defeated 1-0 by Chelmsford, with new signings Tony Lee, Jack Masterton (both loanees from Eastleigh), Ben Strevens and Reece Connolly all making their debuts. The Home side however started the brightest with early chances from Jamal Lowe and Christian Jolley, but against the run of play The Hawks took the lead in the 26th minute as Danny Mills was allowed to run into the penalty area and easily slot past a helpless Aaron Howe.
Early in the Second Half, Hampton again attacked at a fast pace, but Nicke Kabamba missed a glorious chance early on after being unable to get a shot away at close range. Only a minute later Marvin Hamilton blocked a shot by Jamal Lowe as they kept threatening. The game’s main talking point came in the 63rd minute with The Beavers having a good penalty appeal turned down after Hawks keeper Lucas Covolan appeared to pull down Lowe inside the penalty area just moments after a Hampton shot was blocked on the line.
However, late in the game The Hawks made sure of the win after Mike West pounced upon a mistake by the Hampton defence by getting onto the end of a poor back-pass to shoot past Howe. The drama was not over however, as in added on time Nathan Collier was sent off for Hampton after an alleged dangerous challenge on Hawks captain Sergio Torres.
The Hawks will now look to kick on from their win with a trip to another newly-promoted National League South side, East Thurrock United, this time in the Emirates FA Cup.
Line-Up: Covolan, Lee, Masterton, Strevens, Hamilton, M’Boungou, West, Torres, Mills, Connolly (Rodrigues 58), Abdulla (Marimon 72) – Subs Not Used: Mann, Favarel, Tagbo
Hawks Man of the Match: Tony Lee
Goals: Mills 26`, West 88`
Yellow Cards: Torres, Rodrigues, Lee
Photos by David Hunt