We caught up with Steve King after the Hawks’ survival chances took a massive blow at Chelmsford on Monday night.
Reflecting on the game 24 hours later, I felt that we made a slow start. Chelmsford were better than us in the first fifteen-twenty minutes but only had one shot on target.
Their first goal was a cross that went straight in – it’s one of those that you think someone is going to get a touch but no one does and it skids in off the wet surface. Then they get penalty number one which for me was as soft as you like. The player goes across Jordan’s path, goes over, and the ref points to the spot as we go two goals down relatively early on in the game.
We then score two fantastic goals to get ourselves level. Both of them are great strikes from first Nat Pinney and then Gold, which put us on the front foot for the rest of the half. Gold then has a couple more opportunities in the first half. The keeper comes out and smothers the first one, before he then gets another free header that he should have scored from 7 yards out meaning that we go in all square at the break, in what was a fantastic half of football.
The second half was more even until Osa gets sent off with 35 minutes to go, then we had to change shape and Chelmsford started to get on top without hurting us. However, then the referee decides to give a free kick outside the area with what was a perfect tackle by Zac, who comes away with the ball. Their player steps up and smashes it straight at the wall from 10 yards outside the box. Mendy turns his head the other way – not even looking at the ball – just with his arm protecting his face as can be seen in the video/photo. How the referee could give a penalty for that left both benches in disbelief.
To our credit, we never gave up and should have scored to make it 3-3 but their keeper makes an unbelievable save before Gold had another chance but scooped it over the bar. Then we lose another player to injury with 8 minutes to go and we are playing with 9. To rub salt into the wound, in the 93rd minute their left winger goes over in the box and the ref points to the spot again.
The boys deserve so much better than what they got and they gave everything for the cause. It’s hard to take when we lose 4-2 and Chelmsford have one shot on target in the whole game, apart from the penalties of course. With stats like that it is hard to take.