Match Data 2007/2008
Dorchester Town 0
Mo Harkin (McEnery, 77)
Jamie Slabber (Griffiths, 68)
Roy O Brien
Jamie Gleeson (Groves, 77)
Jon Docker (Awuah, 53)
Charlie Henry (Bent, 68)
Tom Jordanís 61st minute goal was the deciding factor in a thrilling match against Dorchester Town at the Avenue Stadium tonight. The rejuvenated full-time Magpies boasted a plethora of new names in a side that far outclassed the one beaten by the Hawks in January, but it was the visitors who impressed the most with lengthy periods of domination and some sparkling football.
It was during a succession of eight corners claimed in as many second half minutes that the Hawks took the lead, Mo Harkinís in swinging ball from the left popping up in the box before Jordan pounced to head it past keeper Simon Evans at close range.
The Hawks started with a side unchanged from the weekend and under intense rain won a fourth minute corner that Mo Harkin curled to the back post where Jamie Collins sent a header back across Evans only for Magpies captain Alex Browne to head off the line.
In the minutes that followed some crunching tackles saw the visitors attempt to assert themselves in midfield with no shortage of crosses from both wings.
15 minutes in, Wilkinson pulled back Charlie Henry as the nippy wide man broke past him, giving the hosts a well worked free kick that allowed Jon Docker an open shot from the edge of the box. Kevin Scriven though made a tremendous diving save to push the ball round the post.
From that attack, Dorchester suddenly looked threatening, but some awful long range attempts restored the status quo as their fire died again.
Collins stole the ball from Nathan Peprah-Annan on the left and poked it forward for Rocky Baptiste to run on and lift a shot over the bar. Harkin then crossed seconds later as the Hawks came forward again, Jamie Slabber connecting to head wide by a foot.
After scything down Justin Gregory, James Rowe picked up the second card of the game, and from Gregoryís free kick Tony Taggart managed a good twisting effort on the edge of the box that was blocked by a defender.
Matters held up as Henry was treated after colliding with Scriven. Evans also looked to be having ankle problems as the Hawks attacked again, and Brett Poate blasted a free kick into the wall. Following rapidly, a long cross put back by Jay Smith gave Jordan the chance for a header that Evans collected.
Poate then angled a half volley over the bar after Wilkinson crossed from the far side.
Dorchester Town 0
Havant and Waterlooville 0
While Dorchester had proved they could threaten on the break, the Hawks were beginning to display some excellent football that continued into the second half. The hosts did give a stronger showing through the first few minutes after the break, but the Hawks fought back quickly and pegged the Magpies back with an astonishing string of eight corners.
Evans did well to palm away the first two as Poate and Harkin both curled balls into the box, but Harkinís next effort stayed clear of the keeper and was deflected vertically in the six yard box. When it dropped, Jordan was first to it for a delicate header that just nudged the ball past Evans.
The relentless attack put the Hawks in the driving seat and while the Magpies managed to get the ball forward sporadically, the action through the half took place mainly in Dorchesterís half.
Substitute Jones Awuah, on for Jon Docker, did pose the Hawks a problem and when he was left free 76 minutes in to rifle a shot at the far post from the edge of the box, it was only his lack of accuracy that kept the Hawks ahead.
In the 90th minute the increasingly desperate hosts threw everything forward, and Scriven made an excellent point blank save to deny Awuah again. Three and a half minutes of nervy injury time ensued, Dorchester ever on the edge of scoring an equalizer before the whistle.