Lewes 1-3 Whitehawk
Whitehawk ran out deserved winners and made it five games unbeaten after a 3-1 win over Sussex rivals Lewes in the Bostik Premier League.
After a scrappy opening 10 minutes in the game, it was the Rooks that struck first after the Hawks’ defence failed to clear their lines, allowing Ben Pope to strike from 25 yards out. The Hawks could have equalised 8 minutes later with Louis Carey making a great save to deny Nathaniel Pinney. From the resulting corner, Whitehawk should have had a penalty shout as the ball appeared to clearly strike the outstretched arm of a Lewes defender. Fortunately, that didn’t appeared to matter as just 30 seconds later the Hawks were level. Following the failed penalty appeal, Lewes broke but the attack was brilliantly stopped by Fintan Walsh, who then stormed up the pitch to find Pinney who in turn played in Ky Marsh-Brown, catching keeper Carey in no-man’s land, and he tapped into an empty net.
The remainder of the half continued to be scrappy with both sides attacking with pace though clean-cut chances were at a premium, though George Tuson-Firth nearly gave the Rooks a half time lead which would have certainly been undeserved with his free-kick being deflected behind by Marsh-Brown, Tuson-Firth himself thought it was going in himself as the number 10 was already wheeling away to start celebrating, though it didn’t and it was level at the break.
The opening minutes of the second half were much like the first, scrappy, though the hosts nearly retook the lead after 55 minutes with Melvin Minter making a fantastic save to push an attempt by Wilder away. Just a few minutes later Whitehawk took a deserved lead with their pressure paying off, with Duane Ofori-Acheampong scoring from close range after a Henry Muggeridge corner. The Rooks began to respond and looked threatening and they were awarded an incredibly dubious penalty after 83 minutes after John-Paul Kissock was alleged to have handled the ball inside the box. Justice prevailed however as Omarr Lawson skied his penalty attempt well over the bar.
As the game entered injury time, The Rook’s, already hampered by numerous injuries lost James Hammond to a leg injury, leaving Lewes with 10 men on the pitch having made all their substitutions already. Despite the disadvantage, they still pushed for an equaliser but were punished by the Hawks as after a swift counterattack, ex-Rook Henry Muggeridge sent Lewis Carey the wrong way to give Whitehawk a deserved 3-1 win and their 4th straight win on the trot.
Rooks: Carey, Dome-Bemwin (Golding 57), Wilder, Lawson, Chappell ©, Freeman, Hammond, Diallo (Coppolla 81’), Pope, Tuson-Firth (Adeyemo 81’), Pamment – Subs Not Used: Day, Blewden
Hawks: Minter, Walsh, Goode, Ambroisine, Christie, Rodrigues, Kissock (Ebuzoeme 86’), Ofori-Acheampong (Williams 77’), Muggeridge ©, Marsh-Brown, Pinney (Ovenden 67’) – Subs Not Used: Watson, Tighe
Goals – Pope 10’ (Lewes), Marsh-Brown 20’, Ofori-Acheampong 62’, Muggeridge 90+4’ (Whitehawk)
Yellow Card – Dome-Bemwin, Diallo, Chappell (Lewes); Kissock, Minter (Whitehawk)
Man of the Match – Henry Muggeridge (Whitehawk)
Attendance – 881