Hawks suffer 2-1 defeat while Petersfield also lose on the road

Alfie Rutherford equalised for the Hawks in their 2-1 defeat against Merstham

Alfie Rutherford equalised for the Hawks in their 2-1 defeat against Merstham

Theo Lewis was on target for the Hawks at Canvey Island. Picture Credit: Keith Woodland.

Hawks keep their cool to go top of table

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THE Hawks suffered a disappointing 2-1 defeat against Merstham in the Ryman Premier at Moatside.

A 33rd-minute goal against the run of play gave the hosts a 1-0 lead at the break.

Alfie Rutherford levelled three minutes into the second half when he converted a cross from substitute Ben Swallow.

A defensive error seven minutes from time condemned the Hawks to defeat.

Elsewhere, Petersfield were well beaten in the Ryman Premier League thanks to an appalling display on the road to AFC Dunstable.

A goal from Will Essai nine minutes from the end could not secure any points for the away who lost 3-1.

Wessex Premier leaders Moneyfields stormed to a 4-0 win at Lymington Town with goals from Steve Hutchings, James Guthrie, Dan Woodward and Conor Bailey.

Two-goal Robbie Tambling helped fire Horndean to a 3-2 win over Team Solent at Five Heads Park. Jack Moloney also found the net.

AFC Portchester moved back into the top three after their excellent 2-1 top of the table clash win at Blackfield & Langley.

Fareham Town could only draw in their relegation contest against Cowes Sports at Cams Alders.

In Division One Baffins Milton Rovers drew 2-2 against Christchurch at the Kendall Stadium.

Shane Cornish levelled for Baffins in the first half after they fell behind to an early goal.

Tyler Yates put the home side in front after 52 minutes but the visitors equalised ten minutes later.

An early Harry Jackson goal earned United Services Portsmouth a 1-1 home draw against Ringwood Town.

A stoppage-time goal sent Gosport Borough tumbling out of the FA Trophy.

Chris Flood’s second-half goal looked like earning Borough a replay but the Ryman League side struck at the death to go through.

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