Match Data 2009/2010
Havant & Waterlooville 1
Wes Fogden (Martin, 89)
Paul Hinshelwood (Medley, 82)
Manny Williams (Hutchings, 60)
Lewis Hamilton 
Louis Pople (Hopkinson , 64)
Aaron Hopkinson 
Jack Walder 
Gary MacDonald’s 33rd minute goal was not enough to secure the Hawks their fifth consecutive win at Westleigh Park this afternoon, where Lewes battled to an equaliser snatched five minutes into injury time.
The Hawks took the lead when MacDonald nodded Ian Selley’s corner down and in at the back post, but the fading hosts gave the Rooks more and more of the ball after the break until Chris Breach hammered home a punishing volley from 10 yards seconds from the final whistle.
Changes to the Hawks line up included the return of Sam Pearce to the defence, filling in for unwell captain Ian Simpemba, and also Joe Tabiri in place of suspended midfielder Steve Walker.
A confident start from the home side saw busy striker Mustafa Tiryaki shock Lewes keeper Rikki Banks into pushing the ball high into the air after he fired from range inside the first minute. Tiryaki was then denied again when Banks stopped his downward header after Selley and Paul Hinshelwood carved up the Lewes defence.
Despite looking the lesser side in the early stages, the Rooks were halted when Hawks keeper Aaron Howe came racing forward to body check David Wheeler just outside the home box. The ball ran on needing Jake Newton to tidy it away, and Ross Sutton wasted the following free kick with a shot that blazed high.
The Hawks continued to dominate when Wes Fogden made a forward surge only to be dispossessed by Andy Pearson, and Manny Williams flashed a shot wide of the post.
Louis Pople managed to release a chance shot from the edge of the box as he twisted his way through the home defence, but Howe was equal to it.
The Referee ignored Lewis Hamilton holding Williams off the ball as the striker entered the box, and irony ensued as Joe Tabiri was cautioned seconds later for an identical offence in midfield.
The Hawks continued to push, and Fogden combined with Tiryaki superbly to split the Lewes defence, but when the ball was rolled across the edge of an unguarded six yard box no one was there to finish.
Lewes were also lucky when a typical long throw from McDonald bounced up over defensive linchpin Breach and landed amid a tangle of players at the back post. Eventually Banks got two hands to the ball amid the melee.
The Hawks side took the lead in controversial fashion in the 33rd minute after the Referee overturned his assistant’s decision and awarded the home side a corner. McDonald sent the ball looping high into the air from the right, and it dropped neatly onto MACDONALD’s head at the back post for a downward header that bounced in on the line.
Pople hammered another shot wide as Lewes found a rare chance to attack, but the Hawks quickly returned the ball to the other end where Andy Pearson dropped in front of Tiryaki in the box and blocked the striker’s low drive in the crook of his arm. No penalty was given.
Selley lifted another free kick into the box and Tiryaki sent it dipping over the bar with a header, before the striker attacked again and tried to slide the ball past Banks when he took on a cross from Hinshelwood.
Havant and Waterlooville 1
Having dominated the first half, the Hawks faded increasingly through the second allowing Lewes more and more of the ball. Selley saw a free kick punched clear at the start, and after Fogden was pulled back Selley sent another dead ball into the wall.
A better chance came when Joe Tabiri freed substitute Steve Hutchings, who replaced the unwell Manny Williams on the hour, with a superb ball from the back. The striker had only Banks to beat, but lost out when he tried to side foot a weak effort round the keeper.
Sutton’s corner was nodded down by Joe Keehan and Breach was unlucky when he scooped the ball onto the bar. Wheeler then slammed a second Sutton corner into the boards after Selley’s clearance managed only to reach the edge of the box.
Sutton tried himself with a shot that Howe caught as Lewes grew rapidly in confidence, and Keehan volleyed the ball wide from a corner.
Very much in second place in the closing stages, the Hawks were denied a goal that could have killed the game off when Pearce headed Selley’s looping free kick onto the post, and when the rebound was popped across to the other side of the goal, Hutchings’s header was batted clear on the line.
Looking more uncertain as the game wore on, the Hawks were finally undone seconds from the whistle as the game ticked into the last of five added minutes. A swift move up the left ended with a cross and BREACH, by far the best player on the pitch for the afternoon, struck a wicked volley that punched past Howe from the middle of the box.