Isthmian League

Preview | Corinthian (H)

Hello again.

You find us at the season’s end (boooo), but there’s a shining light for us Hawks! No matter the result on Saturday afternoon Whitehawk will have a game on the following Tuesday, as the battle for play-offs commences.

Oooh, tense. Feeling it yet? Those subtle nerves growing larger by the day. Victory for Shaun Saunders’ side could send them 2nd by the end of the day if Ramsgate are to drop points, and that could be very big indeed with a home final guaranteed if we were to reach that stage.

But enough about all of that. This is the present, and tomorrow Whitehawk host Corinthian, a side suffering the fate of relegation after a valiant two-year spell in the Isthmian Leagues. 

This means that the Hoops’ venture down south to The Enclosed Ground is all about that tangible sense of pride. But this will be no simple quest for the Hawks hoping to move into the play-offs in full stead, with sides below breathing down the neck as the season reaches its climax. 

Last time out

For the many that travelled they might need some reminding as the sunny excursion to Ramsgate was a joyous occasion, Whitehawk earning a point through a fine Rob O’Toole strike that was only made possible by an even finer Hamish Morrison assist. Paul Scholes alert, wowzers.

Oh yeah, Ramsgate. This was a big game contextually with both sides eagerly fighting for that second spot. Victory for the Hawks would have gone a long way to earning that, yet it was made a challenge after the hosts headed themselves into a first half lead. 

Luke Glover made a outrageous penalty save before Ramsgate hit the post late on, but the Hawks had chances of their own through Alfie Rogers and Khris Oti, who both came close to finishing…and connecting. A point it was then on the sandy shores of Thanet, it sets up an exciting climax on Saturday.

The visitors

Named Corinthian but certainly not from the Greek city of Corinth, their time has come as they sit bottom of the league some nine points adrift of safety.

But it’s been up top where the prowess has been in such short supply. 30 goals in 37 league games won’t help you out that much, yet they carry an undeniable threat going forward through top-scorer Oscar Housego, who has 13 on the season.   

A friendly club with a fabulously rustic ground in the midst of a forest, we wish the Hoops well next season and are confident it won’t be long until they return to the Isthmian Leagues.

Previous encounters

Since that first meeting last season, where the Hawks ran out 4-0 winners at Gay Dawn Farm, the two sides have met on a further three occasions.

Two more wins at the home of the Kentish Corinthian’s this season give the Hawks a perfect record at their place, whilst the lone fixture at The Enclosed Ground ended in an entertaining 2-2 draw.

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