Away-day blues continue for Hawks... Borough held in stalemate

Gosport Borough striker Justin Bennett   Picture: Ian Hargreaves
Gosport Borough striker Justin Bennett Picture: Ian Hargreaves
Matt Tubbs played well against Sutton. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Injuries are big concern but defensive errors also worry Hawks

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There was more away-day blues for the Hawks as they crashed to a 3-0 defeat against Truro City at Treyew Road in the Vanarama National League South.

The visitors failed to take a series of good chances and were punished for some poor defending.

The Hawks suffered a bitter blow before kick-off, when striker James Hayter pulled up injured during the warm-up.

Marvin Morgan was drafted in and goalkeeper Charlie Searle brought on to the bench.

The Hawks fell behind after only eight minutes, a hopeful clearance out of defence drifted over the head of Dan Strugnell, allowing Jamie Reid to run through and lob the ball over the head of Ryan Young.

Lee Bradbury’s side had the better of the game in the closing stages of the first-half and nearly drew level when Marvin Morgan saw his goal-bound header cleared off the line.

The Hawks started the second-half in the worst possible way as Jamie Richards pounced to score with a close-range header.

Despite pushing to find a way back into the game, Truro soon made it three when they caught the visitors on the break, allowing substitute Isaac Vassell the chance to chip the ball over the stranded Young.

Gosport Borough were left counting the cost of missed chances after playing out a goalless draw at Hayes & Yeading.

Borough looked a shadow of the side which smashed seven past Bideford AFC last week in the FA Cup, with Justin Bennett having the visitors only chance of note in the first half.

There was a delay to the start of the second-half as an injury to one of the match officials, meant that the second second half was delayed by 15 minutes as a member of the crowd stepped forward to run the line.

When play did resume, Borough were quickest out of the blocks, with strike duo Lee Wort and Bennett both having shots on goal.

As the game entered the closing stages Alex Pike’s men continued to be frustrated as Bennett, Ryan Woodford and Dan Wooden all blazed over the bar from close range.

Elsewhere, Petersfield bowed out of the FA Trophy with a lacklustre display in a 3-1 home loss to Winchester City.

A Warren Bentley hat-trick put the Rams to the sword as the visitors outclassed their opponents.

Petersfield did pull a goal back through substitute Jordan Neal, but it was too little too late.

Bognor continue to push up the Ryman League premier division with a 1-0 win at home to Harrow Borough.

Sam El-Abd’s goal on 48 minutes was enough to secure all three points.

Ten-man AFC Portchester were cruelly denied all three points in their Wessex League premier division clash against Brockenhurst.

Despite having Craig Hardy sent off, the Royals held a 2-1 lead thanks to a Jason Parish double until the last minute of the game.

Mark Barker popped up on the left for the visitors to curl his second past Lloyd Thomas to give Brockenhurst a share of the spoils.

Two second-half goals saw 10-man Moneyfields squander an early lead in a 2-1 loss at Hamworthy.

Steve Hutchings had given the visitors the lead from the spot in the first-half, but goals from Matt Groves and Stefan Penney was enough to give Hamworthy United all three points.

In the FA Vase, both Horndean and United Services Portsmouth (Friday night) earned themselves replays after 1-1 draws against Longwell Green and Sholing respectively.