Burgess Hill Town 2-4 Whitehawk
Bostik Premier League: Game 6
The Hawks picked up their first away win of the season after a 4-2 win at local rivals Burgess Hill Town.
The Hawks got off to the best possible start with Brannon O’Neill hitting a brilliant volley past a helpless Josh James from 20 yards out after 6 minutes. The lead could have been doubled just a few minutes later with an attempt from James Fraser going just wide of the near post. The Hawks dominated possession through most of the first half with the Hillians having few chances, but they took advantage of some poor Hawks defending, allowing Andre McCollin to tap in after 35 minutes.
With half time closing in, the Hawks looked to retake the lead, spending a couple of minutes camped in the Burgess Hill half, but O’Neill shot wide. Instead it was the Hillians who, against the run of play, took the lead with Ben Pope heading in 3 minutes from time. The action wasn’t over, as in first half injury time Lucas Rodrigues, who has previously been on-loan with Burgess Hill, headed in a ball from Brannon O’Neill to tie it up at the half.
The home side started the second half brightest, with a scramble in the box seeing Gary Charman head against the underside of the bar and the Hawks clearing it away. It was Whitehawk however who retook the lead after 52 minutes with James Fraser racing onto a through ball, beating the keeper to it and then heading into an empty goal for a 3-2 lead. The visitors then extended their lead 7 minutes later with captain Henry Muggeridge being played in by Brannon O’Neill, capitalising on some shocking Hillians defending to strike past an out of place Josh James in the home goal.
Throughout the second half, Burgess Hill threatened to reduce the deficit, but the Hawks defence was holding strong with keeper Melvin Minter making several key saves. They had a double opportunity 5 minutes from time with Charman hitting the post and Pat Harding hitting the crossbar within a few seconds of each other. On 90 minutes, Charman once again hit the post, with the Hawks yet again clearing.
Hillians: James, Diallo, Fisk, Beck, Elphick (c), Charman, McCollin, Bennett (Watson 68′), Pope (Pamment 55′), Tighe, Smith-Joseph (Harding 75′)
Subs not used: Cadman, Franzen-Jones
Hawks: Minter, Walsh, R Marsh-Brown, Emberson, Shooman, Sanders, Muggeridge (c), O’Neill (Hallard 68′), Rodrigues, Fraser (Mutongerwa 77′), Ky Marsh-Brown (Broughton 27′)
Subs not used: Goode, Kw Marsh-Brown
Goals: McCollin 35′, Pope 42′ (Burgess Hill); O’Neill 6′, Rodrigues 45’+3, Fraser 52′, Muggeridge 59′ (Whitehawk)
Yellow Cards: Bennett, Pamment (Burgess Hill)
Man of the Match: Henry Muggeridge