Sunday 4th January 2015
Whitehawk FC 1 – 0 Bishop’s Stortford FC
Vanarma Conference South League fixture
Steve King: “It was a massive win. In the second half we defended bravely and caught them on the counter-attack.”
A slippery surface made the usual passing game difficult for Whitehawk. Both sides struggled with their footing. Lowly Bishop’s Stortford sat deep and made only occasional forays up the slope, but the hosts failed to find a way through. Oddly the best chance of the half fell to the visitors Ashley Miller whose free header was put wide. The home side’s John-Paul Kissock was given a surprising straight red for a late tackle on the half hour, but this didn’t really affect Whitehawk’s ascendancy. The half finished scoreless.
Howard Griggs, Argus: “(King) was rewarded for his positive approach by sticking with two up front after being reduced to ten men in the 29th minute by a rather harsh red card for John-Paul Kissock.”
Steve King: “I was annoyed with the early sending off because the referee was going to give a yellow and their manager got in his ear and he changed his mind. It was a yellow card offence.”
A good Whitehawk move involving Lee Hills and Sam Deering saw Jake Robinson make a mid-air wheeling lob which Dillon Phillips in the Stortford goal just managed to scoop off the line on 62 minutes. Five minutes later Hills played in Deering who was brought down in the box, he got up to send the keeper the wrong way from the penalty spot.
The visitors had late pressure and substitute Ryan Auger was clean through when he shot over late in the game. Hawks finished with 9 men when Sergio Torres was given a straight red for a high foot – this in the 7th added minute of the 6 added on.
Steve King: “Why didn’t their player get sent off on the penalty? He was denying a goalscoring opportunity. There was another tackle in the second half which was a red. Sergio didn’t even know where the ball is, he didn’t try to kick the player’s head off, so why is that a straight red?”