Hawks and Borough both progress in Trophy as table-toppers Moneys win again

Hawks winger Ben Swallow, left, enjoyed a mixed day as the Hawks beat East Thurrock United in the FA Trophy   Picture: Paul Jacobs
Hawks winger Ben Swallow, left, enjoyed a mixed day as the Hawks beat East Thurrock United in the FA Trophy Picture: Paul Jacobs
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Ten-man Hawks held out for a 2-1 FA Trophy win over East Thurrock United in front of a sparse crowd at Westleigh Park.

dfg Two first-half goals from Ben Swallow put the home side in the driving seat before a contentious 54th-minute penalty from Sam Higgins allowed the visitors back into the tie.

The home side were forced to play the final half-hour with 10 men after Swallow was sent off for a second bookable offence – but held strong to earn their place in the next round of the competition.

Gosport Borough booked their place in the FA Trophy first-round draw, after a comfortable 4-0 success over Peacehaven & Telscombe at Pidinghoe Avenue.

Goals from Rory Williams, Mike Carter, Tom Dunford and Paco Saez saw the in-form Vanarama Conference South visitors proved too hot to handle for the Ryman League side.

A first-half Steve Hutchings hat-trick was enough to see off fellow Wessex League premier division promotion rivals Whitchurch United 4-0, as Moneyfields extended their lead at the top of the table to four points.

Tom Racsh rifled in a fourth goal for Miles Rutherford’s triumphant side 10 minutes from time.

Elsewhere in the Wessex League premier division, Dave Carter’s Horndean enjoyed a thrilling 3-2 victory at Winchester City.

Struggling Fareham Town slipped to a 3-0 defeat at Folland Sports to remain third from bottom.

Three quick-fire first-half goals proved to be the undoing of a flu-ridden Baffins Milton Rovers side as they slipped to a 3-2 defeat at Headley United in the Hampshire League premier division, despite a valiant second-half fightback.

Shane Cornish and Dean Harris netted for Lee Newport’s men, who trailed 3-0 but were unable to find a leveller.