Whitehawk 0-1 Merstham
Whitehawk’s chances of securing safety in the Bostik Premier League took a blow as they were defeated by a Merstham side who kept their playoff hopes alive.
The Moatsiders started the game in style with Gus Sow hitting a brilliant curling effort past debutant Hawks keeper James Broadbent from 18 yards out. The visitors had plenty of chances to extend their lead as they dominated the home side with good opportunities to score coming from Simon Cooper and Kenny Beaney, but were unable to extend their lead before the half.
During the second half, Whitehawk looked like a totally different side and looked to take the game to their opponents with Lucas Rodrigues having 3 chances in quick succession to equalise, with a block from defender Tom Kavanagh and a couple of headers going narrowly wide to see Merstham survive. The chances and domination from Whitehawk continued into the closing stages, throwing players forward at every opportunity but they struggled in the final third, a problem they had throughout the game. Merstham however were hanging on for dear life at times, though they could have sealed a win 3 minutes from time, though Broadbent made a great save to deny substitute Fabio Saraiva however their defence stayed strong to see out and seal a huge 3 points to make the Bostik Premier League playoff race even tighter. The Hawks on the other hand can count themselves thankful that results elsewhere went their way to keep their chances of survival alive.
Hawks: Broadbent, Walsh, Muggeridge ©, Unwin (Emberson 55’), Ambroisine, Goode, Rodrigues, Kissock, Tighe (Christie 20’), Ovenden (Marsh-Brown 74’), Pinney – Subs Not Used: Amoo, Deda
Moatsiders: Tangara, Abnett, Harrison, Cooper ©, Henriques, Kavanagh, Samuels (Saraiva 67’), Beaney, Figueira (Cook 90+1’), Sow, Michael-Percil (Bennett 83’) – Subs Not Used: Hutchings, Antwi-Nyame
Goals: Sow 6’ (Merstham)
Yellow Cards: Tangara, Bennett (Merstham)
Hawks Man of the Match: Lucas Rodrigues
|John Paul Kissock|