Match Data 2009/2010
Manny Williams (Nightingale, 86)
Mustafa Tiryaki (Hutchings, 90)
Robbie Martin (Forbes, 55)
Ryan Andrews (Thompson, 75)
Mat Paine (Judge, 83)
An emphatic 4-1 victory at league high fliers Thurrock put the Hawks into the first round of the FA Trophy at Ship Lane this afternoon. Going behind to an early 13th minute goal from David Bryant, the visitors took until the 36th and a headed finish from Mustafa Tiryaki to find the net themselves.
But the balance tipped in favour of the Hawks in the second half after Tiryaki smashed home a second in the 56th. It took until injury time though for the visitors to produce their best win of the season. Wes Fogden drilled the ball low past Joe Woolley in the 92nd minute to put the tie beyond doubt, before Steven Walker’s free kick two minutes after that eluded the keeper’s reach to go in at the top corner.
Injuries and suspensions meant new faces in today’s side. John McDonald, recently signed from Hampton and Richmond Borough, made his debut on the left of the defence, and Barnet loan signing Joe Tabiri made his presence felt with an impressive debut in midfield. Gary MacDonald and Ryan Woodford formed the heart of the defence with Paul Hinshelwood on the right, and Tabiri was flanked by Walker and Fogden, while Robbie Martin advanced on the far left to join Tiryaki and Manny Williams at the front.
In a first half that saw Thurrock’s rigid off-side trap govern the Hawks forward play, the visitors were denied a goal by a hotly debated decision as early as the second minute. Williams broke through and found the net superbly, but amid the celebrations the assistant’s flag remained aloft.
Almost immediately, Aaron Howe made a great save to deny Matt Bodkin’s narrow angled effort from the right; pushing the ball across the goal for a corner that Paul Olima tried to angle inside the back post with a downward header.
Fogden then tried with a hastily lashed attempt on the end of a long McDonald throw, only for the ball to smash into defender Phil Anderson.
Play switched ends again in what was an all action opening, and Thurrock made taking the lead look effortless when Bodkin’s cross floated over the box to BRYANT, whose header punched the ball back into the net.
Leon McKenzie then came close to adding a second when he broke into the box on the right, but Hinshelwood slid in to block his shot and the ball flipped up into Howe’s arms.
Williams did well to work the ball up the left and struggled it into the box to be dispossessed. Martin however picked it up as Thurrock tried to get it away, and sent a shot back wide of the post.
Bodkin broke again on the right and managed to round the Hawks’ defence for another narrow shot that Howe claimed.
The Hawks levelled the score nine minutes from the break with a goal similar to Thurrock’s. Walker lofted in a free kick from out on the right and the ball curled over the box to TIRYAKI, who was well placed by the back post to send the ball in with a downward header.
Walker then almost added a surprise second before the break when another free kick dropped through the box untouched and shaved the outside of the post.
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The start of the second half saw the Hawks comfortably in control of the game. The unusual but confident midfield line managed matters admirably, with attacking play from both wings. Tiryaki worked wonders on the right in bringing the ball forward for some good crosses, and Tabiri’s management of the middle of the park led to some well distributed through balls.
Thurrock finally gained a chance to threaten from a free kick around the 55 minute mark, but Fola Orilonishe’s effort went six yards high of the goal.
The Hawks then won a free kick themselves, and MacDonald’s ball forward was put wide to TIRYAKI, again on the right. He cut back in and unleashed a vicious low shot that went through Anderson and in off Woolley as the keeper struggled to contain the ball at his post.
Matt Paine then cleared another Walker free kick, and after a throw from Hinshelwood, Walker curled the ball in again. This time, Tiryaki rose to connect with it unchallenged, but his twisting header went straight to Woolley.
Williams then forced a save from the busy Thurrock keeper when he fired across the goal after another Hawks free kick.
Ivan Forbes’s arrival for Martin on the left showed again the depth of ability in an already depleted squad. His cross looked set to meet Tiryaki for another shot, but the striker’s first touch lost him the ball to the home defence.
McKenzie had Thurrock’s best chance of the half when he brought down a long ball to turn it goalward inside the Hawks’ box, but Howe came forward magnificently to smother the shot.
Bodkin chipped in a free kick from the other side, and substitute Matthew Judge’s shot looked on target enough to count before it crashed into Bryant.
Passage into the first round looked set for the Hawks, but the side produced the much needed confidence boosting score line in the final minutes of the game. Forbes crossed from a throw two minutes past the ninety, and Luke Nightingale, on for Williams four minutes before, brought it down and pushed it on for FOGDEN to drill a low shot along the deck and inside the bottom corner.
Two minutes after that, Forbes broke from the centre circle with the ball and looked set to beat the home defence to the box before Kenny Clark dived outrageously in front of him, sliding head first straight across his path. WALKER took the free kick from 22 yards and curled it beautifully inside the top corner.