Three hours from Wembley

Tue Feb 4, 2014 : 22:43

The Hawks reached the semi-final of the FA Trophy for only the second time in their history tonight, overturning a shell-shocked Aldershot Town 4-1 at Westleigh Park.

The match was only the fifth meeting between the sides, and the first to finish with a favourable outcome for the Hawks.

The Conference Premier strugglers started the stronger side, but as conditions worsened it was the hosts who adapted the quickest and when Jordan Roberts was sent off for lashing out at Perry Ryan before half time it was the South Hampshire outfit who came back from the break on the up.

Dennis Oli struck first in the 47th minute when he headed home a corner from Perry Ryan, and Nigel Atangana doubled the advantage just four minutes after that when he recaptured a poor clearance and fired past Shots keeper Glen Morris.

Second half substitute Alek Przespolewski claimed the third in the 72nd minute when he deftly chipped a shot over Morris, and three minutes after that Nic Ciardini completed the rout. On a night that proved a fine advert for Conference South football, the Shots’ only reply came nine minutes from the end when Brett Williams dispatched a penalty to make the final score 4-1.

In an improbable twist of fate, the Hawks now face a two legged semi-final against local rivals Gosport Borough in two weeks, with the prospect of an FA Trophy final at Wembley against either Cambridge United or Grimsby Town the prize on offer.


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