Match Data 2004/2005
Havant & Waterlooville 2
David Town (Ford, 85)
Peter Adeniyi (Clarke, 68)
Barrington Belgrave (Cornwall, 72)
Warren Haughton (Newman, 72)
Due to a heavy workload it would be another day before I could get a report on here myself, so rather than drag it out unnecessarily I’ll again pinch Kevin’s from the News with thanks.
A much improved performance from the Hawks saw them gain a well deserved 2-1 Conference South victory over Lewes at Westleigh Park. First half goals from Dean Holdsworth and Neil Sharp put the home side firmly in charge and they had plenty of chances to increase their lead in the second half before the visitors snatched a consolation deep into injury time.
The win put the Hawks 10th in the table, just three points off sixth place.
Lewes manager Steven King was red carded after the final whistle for foul and abusive language after complaining to the referee over a disallowed goal.
Hawks boss Dave Leworthy was full of praise for his side’s increased work rate and enthusiasm and said the final score flattered Lewes, “The lads earned their plaudits and we should have put them to bed in the second half,” said Leworthy.
”We should have ended up with three or four because we dominated the game from start to finish. The players were told beforehand they were playing for their futures at the club. They have underachieved but showed that when it needs to be put in, it gets done.
“The players know they have to go out there and work hard to be able to make their quality count. They played with a bit of pride, passion, and a will to win. We had a nice balance. Now we have to do it on a more consistent basis.”
The Hawks made a dream start with debut-making Gavin Jones making an immediate impact, helping to set up Holdsworth’s third minute goal. When Neil Champion played the ball back to him along the right flank, Jones hoisted a perfec cross into the box where Holdsworth rose above two defenders to place his header wide of goalkeeper Ademola Bankole.
That gave the home side the boost they needed and for the rest of the half they kept their Sussex visitors on the back foot. It was no surprise when the Hawks increased their lead three minutes before the interval.
Dave Town picked off a wayward crossfield ball midway inside the Lewes half and used Holdsworth and Champion to get it to Sharp on the edge of the area. Sharp’s first touch took the ball away from him but he was still given enough time to rifle in a fierce half volley into the bottom corner.
Lewes were more competitive in the second half but the best chances fell to the Hawks. They should have gone further ahead in the 76th minute but Holdsworth was denied by the legs of goalkeeper Bankole in a one-on-one six yards out and the keeper did well to stop Town’s powerful point blank shot on the rebound at the far post.
Gavin Holligan headed over from five yards when he was unmarked at the far post. Seven minutes from time Lewes thought they had pulled a goal back as Francis Duku turned in a free kick at the far post, only to have it ruled out by an offside flag.
Lewes Substitute Lee Newman did find the net when he turned a shot high into the net well into injury time.