Hawks triumph in first league match since December

Fri Feb 14, 2014 : 07:24

The Hawks managed to play their first league match since December on Tuesday night, beating Dorchester Town 2-0 at the Avenue Stadium. The victory extends the side’s unbeaten run to an eye-opening 13 games in all competitions, a total made all the more impressive by the stop-start nature of a rain sodden season that has seen the Hawks play just two games in January.

It was a brace of goals from Scott Jones that secured the Hawks three much needed points. The first came in the 23rd minute when Nic Ciardini’s curling shot from outside the box came off defender Jake Smeeton for Jones to send home at the back post with a diving header. The Isle of Wight striker then hit the hosts with a sucker punch less than two minutes into the second half when he stabbed home a free kick crossed from the corner by debut making ex-Farnborough midfielder Scott Donnelly.

As the rain continues to fall, doubt has already been cast on the chances of tomorrow’s FA Trophy quarter final match against Gosport going ahead, and boss Lee Bradbury will now be more than ever aware that the best Trophy run the Hawks have enjoyed since 2003 has come at a cost of further postponed league games, meaning the side sit in 14th place in the table with anywhere between two to five games in hand on all of the teams above them. Winning those games would put the Hawks in the mix for the playoffs, but with no more midweek slots available for rearrangements before the end of the season and at least five still to fit in, the Westleigh Park outfit are already facing a tiring three match a week schedule during the run in. If the rain ever ceases.


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