28 March On This Day Hawks one step from Wembley

On Sunday March 28 2010 the Hawks met Wroxham in front of 1331 fans at the Enclosed Ground in the FA Vase semi-final first leg, in an attempt to become the first ever Sussex side to get to a non-league Wembley final. The game ended in a 0-2 defeat, with joint manager Darren Freeman sent off in the last minute.

Hawks: Anderson, Lovett, Fisk, Budd, Head, Harris, Kirkwood, Davis, Freeman, Tate, Holmes. Subs: Taylor, Townsend, Crabb, Whiteman, Jones

Hawks lost the 2nd leg in Norfolk 2-1, going out 4-1 on aggregate.

Other matches played on this day include a 4-3 John O’Hara League Cup Final win over Rye and Iden United under Ian Chapman in 2005. The result was reversed and medals handed back after the Hawk’s sub Bertie Foster was found to be ineligible.

The full list of Hawks games played on 28 March:

1964   D0-0   A v Haywards Heath Town (County League 1)

1973   W3-2   H v Chichester City (CL1)

1986   W4-2   A v Hailsham Town (CL1)

1987   D0-0   H v Chichester City (CL1)

1994   W2-0   A v Littlehampton Town (CL1) Carr, Gunn

1997   W1-0    H v Hailsham Town (CL1) A Packham

1998   L0-1     A v Wick (CL1)

2005  W4-3 v Rye & Iden United (John O’Hara League Cup Final), McBride, Pattenden, Sargeant. Played at Eastbourne Town. Cup was later awarded to Rye for Hawks fielding an ineligible player

2009  W3-0   A v Worthing United (CL1) Rees, Gatting 2

2010   L0-2   H v Wroxham (FA Vase semi-final 1st leg)

2015   W2-1 H v Weston-super-Mare (National League South) Cadmore, Gargan

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