Match Data 2006/2007
Havant & Waterlooville 4
Shane Gore (Howells, 17)
Jamie Collins (Sedgemore, 47)
Brett Poate (Cook, 64)
Danny Allen Page
Bradley Quamina (Mulley, 74)
Marvin Morgan (Wright, 67)
Marlon Patterson (O’Connell, 77)
The Hawks shrugged off their recent slump with a dramatic 4-0 victory against mid table Yeading at Westleigh Park tonight. In a fixture twice postponed this season, the Hawks took the lead nine minutes in when Rocky Baptiste squeezed between defenders and rounded ‘Ding keeper Luke Blackmore to fire into an open net.
The hosts dominated the match, and a seven minute double barrelled blast from Richard Pacquette put it well beyond the visitors. His first goal came from a powerful header after 26 minutes, connecting with a Brett Poate free kick, and he followed rapidly in the 33rd with a thumping strike from another free kick himself. Baptiste added a fourth goal to end the first half in the 41st when he beat the hapless Blackmore from the edge of his box, allowing the Hawks to stroll through the second half unchallenged, and back into third place in the table.
Having experimented of late with his side, Ian Baird started the game with a more conventional approach; Baptiste and Pacquette at the front, with Brett Poate, Jamie Collins, Shaun Wilkinson and Tony Taggart across the midfield in front of the preferred back four.
Pacquette’s looping 30 yard shot woke the dozing attendance six minutes in when it crashed onto the front of the bar, but the game really came to life three minutes later when Collins flicked the ball forward to Baptiste on the left wing. The striker cut into the box and with defenders either side, rounded lunging keeper Blackmore to send a shot across him and in.
Joe Healey’s breaking run escaped the offside trap and he put the ball to Marlon Patterson for a cross back to Marvin Morgan, whose header toward goal was pounced on by Gore. The athletic dive though saw off the already doubtful keeper, suffering from a hamstring tear sustained in the closing moments at Farnborough, and he was forced to retire. Gareth Howells replaced him, the stalwart keeper incredibly making his first league appearance of the season.
Baptiste tried to work his way past Steve Farmer with a long ball from Howells, but slipped as he shot and lifted his effort over the bar. Poate then fired inches wide after he worked a terrific flick to himself and twisted the ball through the defence.
Bradley Quamina’s rash foul on Taggart left the Hawks with a perfectly placed free kick 26 minutes in, and Poate curled it over the box for Pacquette to reach it and nod a superb header past Blackmore.
Seconds later the Hawks earned another free kick in almost exactly the same position, and Farmer a yellow card for hauling down Baptiste, as Yeading’s heavy handed tactics created chances for the hosts. Poate though struck his second effort flat, trying to catch Blackmore out, but the keeper collected the ball on his line.
Yet another poor Yeading foul, this time from Nevin Saroya, left the Hawks with another free kick on the very edge of the box. Baptiste ran over the ball, and whether intentional or not Poate seemed undecided about taking the shot, confusing the wall and leaving Pacquette to snatch the opportunity and blast the ball through a tangle of players and in.
Three goals to the good, the hosts continued to pressure their guests and Baptiste sent a header onto the bar before coming forward again with Wilkinson, the midfielder stealing away and drawing the defence, and leaving Baptiste a narrow channel to fire a shot past Blackmore from the edge of the box.
Havant and Waterlooville 4
While the first half had it all, the second became a more sedate affair with Yeading well and truly beaten. Early on both Baptiste and Pacquette went in search of hat-tricks, a tremendous run from the former needing Blackmore to make a great point blank save ten minutes in. In contrast, Howells was having a quiet seasonal debut.
Jamie Cook’s introduction for Poate 67 minutes in brought some amazing right wing running on the midfielder’s home debut, wining corners that Tom Jordan twice head marginally over the bar.
Saroya’s 71st minute free kick sent Howells up to punch the ball clear, but again the Yeading front pair couldn’t muster a shot from the loose ball.
Sedgemore’s flick up to Baptiste ended with a cross that Pacquette smashed back across the face of goal, and the tirelessly hard working Wilkinson missed sliding it in by inches.
But ultimately the job had been done in the first half, and the game faded out without further incident, putting the Hawks back into the league’s top three.