April 2, 2018
Score: 0 - 0

Match Report

A battling performance from Whitehawk saw them hold league leaders Havant & Waterlooville to a goalless draw.

On paper it was bottom against top, but on the pitch there was little to choose between the sides in a tight affair at The TerraPura Ground.

The point sees the Hawks move level on points with Bognor Regis Town at the foot of the National League South table.

Steve King made one change to the starting line-up, with Simon Mensah replacing Arnaud Mendy in midfield.

Wes Fogden tested the Hawks early on, with Dan Wilks making a good save before the midfielder saw an effort blocked.

Fogden, a former Brighton & Hove Albion player, proved to be a thorn in the hosts’ side in the early exchanges. The Havant playmaker weaved his way through into the area, with only a great challenge from Yannis Ambroisine preventing him getting a shot away.

At this point it looked to be one-way traffic, but as the game went on the Hawks started to more than match the league leaders, although failed to really trouble Ryan Young in the first period.

Sam Chaney saw his low drive deflected behind, before brave defending at the other end from Jordan Gibbons blocked Rory Williams’ goal-bound header saw the teams go in level at the break.

Shooting down the slope towards the Din End in the second period, the Hawks enjoyed more of the ball with Ramone Rose playing a neat ball through to the overlapping Gibbons, but his cross in evaded everyone in the area.

Gold Omotayo and Tomi Adeloye came on for Lloyd Macklin and Elliot Benyon in a double change midway through the second period, before Kodi Lyons-Foster went close to breaking the deadlock. Nassim L’Ghoul whipped in a great ball from the left and picked out the defender, but his downward header went just wide of the post with Young scrambling.

Theo Lewis then tested Wilks as the midfielder let fly from 25 yards, but the Hawks keeper was equal to the strike and pulled off a good save.

In added time the Hawks almost snatched all three points. The impressive David Ijaha played the ball across to Adeloye, but his low drive across goal through a crowd of players went just wide of the far post.

Attendance: 277.


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