Another tough day at the office for the Hawks on a beautiful afternoon at The Enclosed Ground on Saturday. The sunshine brought traffic chaos around the city and with the added congestion from The Shakedown Festival as well as the annual Airbourne Airshow adding to the gridlock, fans were reporting difficulties getting to the ground.
With Bath City Fc enjoying a 100% record with one of their strongest starts to the season for years , Steve King was under no illusions at the task ahead of his squad. Having already lost his prized left back Lee Hills to a knee injury in a bruising but thrilling encounter against Hayes and Yedding on the opening game of the season , Steve King was relieved to finally receive international clearance to play his fancied Centre Back Argentinian Juan Cruz Gotta.
The match got off to a swift start with The Hawks playing downhill in the first half with both teams creating chances bringing out great saves from both keepers at each end of the park . The deadlock was finally broken in the second half in the 55th minute with what turned out to be the only goal of the match from Nick McCooty the Bath City striker and former Paulton Rovers hitman.
The goal was unfortunate for Craig Ross who was unable to clear the ball fully with the ball ending up in the Whitehawk net with McCooty not knowing much about the goal but happy to claim it anyway. The Hawks hit back with some good possession creating chances for both Jake Robinson who unleashed a rocket only to have it stopped by the Bath City keeper who had an outstanding game, while Sergio Torres also creating several good chances .To add to Whitehawk’s woes their top scoring striker Jake Robinson limped off in the 82nd minute with a suspected pulled hamstring which may put him out for up to a month. Then just as The Hawks looked good to pull one back for a draw their afternoon was capped off by the sending off of defender Jordan Rose for a second bookable offense, giving Whitehawk two sending off’s in the first three games.
Steve King’s much fancied squad still have some bedding in to do while they showed some of the quality which is expected of them thing’s haven’t run quite as they would have hoped in all of the first three matches so far. The Hawks need to brush themselves down and be ready for the next match away to Gosport knowing that no game in this tough league will be a walk in the park whoever they meet. The stage is set for a fascinating season and as always the intriguing Whitehawk story marches on.
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