February 4, 2017
Score: 3 - 1
It was a tough start for new manager Andy Woodman as he saw his new side concede three goals away to in form Dartford.
It was a promising start at Princes Park for The Hawks with a quick succession of corners pumped into the box but unfortunately chances weren’t capitalised on. The first goal for the Darts came after 20 minutes after Hayes showed pace to cut inside, letting off a dangerous in-swinging shot which wrong footed Keeper Tom Stewart, who was struggling with the bright winter sun in his eyes.
The second Goal for Dartford came from a long ball over the top from Dartford keeper Deren Ibrahim. The bounce of the long ball wasn’t dealt with, which allowed Murphy to claim the ball and dink a chip shot over the top of Tom Stewart and the ball hit the back of the net after going in off the crossbar.
The second half saw The Hawks come out fired up and looking to show more determination. A strong period of possession and quality passing football seemed to worry Dartford and it led to a corner being whipped in on to Ramon Marimon’s head, with the header then hitting the crossbar and seeming to be a yard over the line, but neither the referee or the linesman saw it and no goal was given.
The Hawks kept up the pressure, keeping Dartford penned deep in their own half and when substitute Brian Howard sprinted into the box was brought down, Glen Southam stepped up and converted the penalty to give the Hawks the goal they had deserved.
With Whitehawk committing men forward and piling the pressure looking for a second goal, Dartford hit back with a quick counter attacking goal from Andy Pugh to put the game to bed. There were a lot of positives for new manager Andy Woodman, but a lot of work is still needed.
Report and Pictures by David Hunt.