Match Data 2004/2005
Havant & Waterlooville 3
Jason Chewins (Ford, 68)
Neil Sharp (Campbell, 46)
Michael Gordon (Town, 83)
Holdsworth (pen, 19)
Julian Curnow (Dushko, 80)
Meshach Nugent (Falana, 63)
Charley Side (Ward, 80)
The Hawks strolled to a place in the second round of the FA Trophy tonight at Westleigh Park where Dulwich Hamlet’s bid to defend through 90 minutes came unstuck three times. James Taylor was sent sprawling in the 19th minute, allowing Dean Holdsworth to convert a penalty to put the Hawks in front, but despite a myriad chances the hosts took until the second half to secure the game.
Neil Champion fired in a rebound from 20 yards in the 50th minute, and in the 77th Glenn Knight scored his first senior team goal when his low cross from the right escaped Holdsworth and deflected off a defender under the visiting keeper.
Changes again affected the Hawks side on display. With the return of Holdsworth to the front alongside Taylor, the side switched back to 4-4-2 after Saturday’s more attacking side, leaving Dave Town on the bench and Gavin Holligan out completely. The back four stayed the same, but Michael ‘Flash’ Gordon got a well earned start after his late appearance on Saturday in midfield.
From the start the hosts took a stranglehold on the game. Brett Poate knocked an early free kick square to allow Knight a blinding drive that Paul Seuke only stopped by fortuitously being directly behind it. His parry though fell to Holdsworth, who managed to slice the ball over the bar from six yards.
The Hawks belted forward at every opportunity - pinning Dulwich well back - but through balls to the two front men frequently arrived amid a tangle of defenders, with powerful centre backs Errison Ahnan and Gavin Dayes preventing Holdsworth and Taylor from shooting several times. If anything at this point it was hesitation in the box that was stopping the Hawks from taking the lead, until one particularly exuberant challenge that sandwiched Taylor between two defenders earned the hosts a penalty. Holdsworth dispatched obligingly in the 19th minute for his 12th goal of the season.
Chances came thick and fast for the Hawks with almost no reply from Dulwich. Champion found himself in a super shooting position, but as was the case on Saturday looked for a pass rather than a shot. Taylor made a run on the wing and slipped as he looked to turn, but still released cross past marker Allan McLeod for Poate to head inches over the bar. Robbie Pethick made an equally good run and took the ball behind the defence for a drag back that Holdsworth used to set up Knight for another shot driven over the bar.
Sensing a chance to kill the game off at this point, Gordon was put forward from the midfield line and impressively switched from the right to the left wing, playing just behind the front in a free wheeling role that proved his ability to play on either side of the pitch.
Dulwich won a corner that was fumbled but recovered by Howells as he got his first touch of the ball in the 35th minute. Kemal Bulent also broke for a nice cross that had no one to meet, the visitors only really looking effective when trying to catch the Hawks on the break. At all other times the side were firmly of a mind to defend.
In first half injury time however the visitors had appeals for a penalty turned down when Neil Sharp sent Francis Quarm flying, but the referee waved play on.
Havant and Waterlooville 1
Dulwich Hamlet 0
Stunning fans with a blinding drive, Neil Champion bagged his second goal of the season five minutes after the break when Gordon raced up the wing for a cross head into no man’s land by Ahnan. The Hawks’ captain picked it up and blasted a shot from 20 yards that tore into the far side of the goal.
Two down the visitors responded with their best attacking spell in the game, chiefly a free kick from Bulent that could have threatened had Gareth Howells not been fouled, and a cross from the notable Sebastian Schoburg, by far the best runner Dulwich had to offer.
But the game remained with the Hawks. As Dulwich resiliently refused to move forward, the hosts took to periods of passing play while simply looking for an opening. The ball moved back and forth and side to side with strings of one touch passes that would put the longest of Wimbledon rallies to shame.
Champion released Taylor with a gentle chip in the 66th minute that put Super Jim through the Dulwich back line toward Seuke in goal, but rather than placing a shot he unselfishly tried to spread the ball to Holdsworth, and put it too far in front of the striker arriving alongside him. Perhaps it has been a while since the Hawks forwards have had so many shooting chances, but that hesitancy born of the last few weeks of losses stopped the hosts last night at least doubling the final 3-0 score.
Suspicions that Pethick may prove lethal from free kicks after his bar shattering effort on Saturday were further supported by a cheeky low drive in the 72nd minute that took a deflection as it head for the far post.
The Hawks sealed the game well and truly in the 77th minute. Knight barrelled up the right wing and cut inside the box for a cross-cum-shot that looked goalbound with Holdsworth about to make sure when Ahnan attempted a clearance that turned the ball under wrong footed keeper Seuke. Into injury time Taylor found the net with a neat header from a Poate corner, but was denied the goal by an offside flag.