Match Data 2008/2009
Havant & Waterlooville 2
Brett Poate (Gasson, 46)
Louis Castles (Henry, 72)
Gary Holloway (Gray, 16)
Hayes & Yeading
Danny Allen Page
James Mulley (James, 66)
Scott Fitzgerald (Palmer, 19)
Josh Scott (Coleman, 86)
The Hawks edged into 18th place in the Blue Square South, playing their first game in almost three weeks, after Craig Watkins’ 88th minute equaliser saw the side level for a second time against visitors Hayes and Yeading.
A dour first half gave no indication of the 2-2 draw to come, and it wasn’t until Stafforde Palmer’s 47th minute finish for United that the game came to life. The hosts were level within three minutes however, when Paul Hinschelwood volleyed home his first goal in Hawks colours from a Wes Fogden cross.
But United restored their lead as the Hawks flagged again when Ram Marwa latched onto a superb Dale Binns cross to power a diving header past Nathan Ashmore. Watkins then salvaged the point at the death when he poked home Paul Booth’s blocked shot on the line after a Matt Gray corner.
The 19 day gap between games allowed the Hawks to present a fresh front, with new signings and players returning from injury. Watkins and Booth took the front line, with Wes Fogden, Paul Hinschelwood, Gary Holloway and Louis Castles across the midfield, and Brett Poate, Gary Elphick, Ian Simpemba and Stephen Cook behind. Nathan Ashmore continues to be the preferred keeper in goal.
Despite attacking through a string of three free kicks at the start, the Hawks made a laboured return to action after their break, made worse when early substitutions for both sides held the game up. Holloway went off clutching his side to be replaced by Matt Gray with just sixteen minutes on the clock, and Scott Fitzgerald followed for the visitors three minutes later allowing scorer Palmer to take to the field.
Palmer quickly got into the action with a close range shot that Ashmore managed to push over the bar with difficultly. Dale Binns then followed from the same angle with a shot behind Simpemba that squeezed into the side netting.
At the other end Gray lofted a free kick across the box that Preddie reached for, but could only palm as far as Simpemba, who, with back to goal, looped a shot over his shoulder that landed on the roof of the net.
Ever willing to come forward, Preddie was caught out on the edge of his area when an attempt to cross by Booth cannoned back off the keeper and Booth curled it back into the six yard box for Matt Ruby to hack clear with Watkins waiting.
The visitors upped the pressure toward the end of the half, pinning the Hawks back for stretches. Several corners followed, and a rasping shot from Josh Scott that Ashmore pushed round the post with a dramatic diving save.
Havant and Waterlooville 0
Hayes and Yeading United 0
With the game beginning to warm toward the end of the first half, it finally caught light at the start of the second when less than two minutes in, PALMER bundled the ball through the Hawks defence and curled a shot into the bottom corner past Ashmore.
But the Hawks restored the difference three minutes later when Fogden’s right wing run ended with a cross that fell neatly for HINSCHELWOOD to impress with a debut goal from a perfect volley that flew unstoppably into the top corner.
Uproar then ensued when it looked like Watkins had released Booth through the United back line and Preddie, well outside his area, blocked Booth’s attempt to hook the ball past him with an outstretched arm. But the referee, behind Booth at the time, saw nothing to penalise.
Gray then sent a free kick over the United wall from 30 yards that dipped enough to smash into the bar, and for a while the Hawks started to look the better side.
The visitors however restored their lead when MARWA perceptively freed Binns on the left, and weaved through the Hawks defence to pick up the cross back with a perfectly timed diving header.
Booth made little use of a loose free kick when he latched onto the ball and rolled a shot gently at Preddie, but did better seconds later with a firm effort that the keeper was forced to push high.
Gray launched the corner into the box, and Booth struck a third time only to see his effort blocked on the line, but WATKINS was quickest to it to poke home an equalizer.