Whitehawk (finally) hit the road for the first time since 30 September, and it’s a switch to the FA Trophy as they travel to Tooting & Mitcham’s Imperial Fields to take on Kingstonian.
A welcome break from the league after Tuesday’s brilliant 3-2 victory over Bognor Regis Town, it broke the club record for consecutive home matches without defeat (22), lifting Shaun Saunders’ side into 4th.
It’s a place in the FA Trophy Second Round that is up for grabs, and the Hawks reached this stage after that 2-0 win over Ascot United earlier in the month.
A challenging start to the league campaign but signs of promise are growing, Kingstonian sit in the bottom four but have recorded 3-0 home wins over Cray Wanderers and Folkestone Invicta in recent weeks.
Narrowly avoiding the drop last season, and forced to still ground-share, times are not the easiest for Simon Lane’s side but they continue to fight, producing good results on sporadic occasions. One of which was their previous result in the FA Trophy – a fine 2-1 win at Hastings United.
One to Watch | Andy Somo: Spending a brief spell in pre-season with the Hawks, the physical presence of the centre-forward combines with ruthless finishing to earn him the ‘One to Watch’ title.
The leading scorer in the last two seasons for Chipstead, he was named in the Isthmian South Central Team of the Season last campaign. Prior to the Chips, he scored goals for a couple of years for Croydon.
Recent Form – LWLLW
25/10 | Horsham (H) | Lost 2-1
21/10 | Folkestone Invicta (H) | Won 3-0
18/10 | Enfield Town (H) | Lost 3-2
14/10 | Dulwich Hamlet (A) | Lost 3-2
7/10 | Hastings United (A) | Won 2-1 (FA Trophy 3Q)
The Hawks boast a good recent record against ‘The K’s’, with the two sides last meeting at Corinthian Casuals’ ground back in 2019, with Whitehawk coming out on top by a 3-1 scoreline.
Lucas Rodrigues, Henry Muggeridge and Sinn’Kaye Christie all found the net on that day, with Reece Hallard earning a last minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture.
Since 2013, the two sides have met on four occasions, with the Hawks winning three, and the other ending in the aforementioned draw.
How to Follow
If you can’t make it to Imperial Fields tonight, you can follow the action via our X (Twitter) channel, which can be found here. There is scheduled to be a further pitch inspection at 3.30pm, so make sure you’re following us to stay updated with tonight’s events.
Tickets for this FA Trophy clash can be bought at the turnstiles on the day of the game. The prices are as follows:
£12 adults, £8 seniors (60 or over), £8 carers, £6 students, free for Under 18s.