Hawks angry with penalty decision after loss

Ed Harris was harshly penalised. Picture: Dave Haines
Ed Harris was harshly penalised. Picture: Dave Haines
Theo Lewis scored for the Hawks in the 38th minute at Wealdstone. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Good show on the road as Hawks impress to beat Wealdstone

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LEE BRADBURY blamed the officials after Hawks crashed to a 1-0 defeat at Tonbridge Angels in the Blue Square Bet South last night.

A disputed penalty proved decisive. Ed Harris was adjudged to have handled a first-half corner and Frannie Collin made no mistake with his spot kick.

Bradbury was not best pleased with the decision to award the initial corner and the penalty that followed.

The Hawks boss said: ‘We feel very hard done by. We should have had at least a point.

‘I don’t want to start criticising officials but he gave a corner that was a goalkick.

‘Then their player handled not us. We lost the game because of that.’

The Hawks were dominant for most of the game but lacked the cutting edge to find an equaliser.

Paul Hinshelwood returned to the defence to replace full-back Dan Butler who has been recalled from his loan by Pompey.

Defender Sam Pearce was also back in the squad.

He was recalled from his loan spell at Gosport Borough to take a place on the bench.

On five minutes, Harris had to be alert to turn away a threatening cross from David Ijaha.

Hawks forced their first chance on 12 minutes but the Angels keeper saved from Eddie Hutchinson.

A series of corners came to nothing for Hawks as they ramped up the pressure.

Chris Arthur’s dangerous cross was tipped around the near post before Hutchinson fired over the top.

It was the home side who broke the deadlock on 23 minutes.

Harris was penalised for handling from a corner.

Keeper Clark Masters got his hand to Collin’s spot-kick but could not keep it out.

Bradbury’s men battled on and it took a flying save from the home keeper to tip a Harris header over the bar.

Ollie Palmer then saw his well-struck effort expertly pushed over the top.

Kabba almost sneaked in for an equaliser at the start of the second half but was denied.

Arthur’s fierce drive was then pushed behind for a corner.

On 65 minutes, Hutchinson missed the target with an acrobatic effort.

Bradbury made a double change, sending on Harvey Whyte and Steve Ramsey for Nanetti and Ryan, in a bid to salvage something.

It nearly worked with Palmer forcing the home keeper to make another good stop.

Eight minutes from time, Tonbridge saw an effort disallowed for offside.

It didn’t matter for them, though, as Harris headed over and Hawks had to make the trip home with no points.

Bradbury added: ‘It’s disappointing because we had so many shots and efforts cleared off the line.

‘They only had two shots on goal all game.

‘With better finishing and decision making around the box we could easily have won.

‘But I can’t fault the effort from the lads who gave it everything.’

Tonbridge Angels: Worgan; Miles, Muggeridge, Browning, Elphick, Schulz, Davis, Ijaha, Lovell, Collin, Green. Subs: Purcell, Walder, Hill, Treleaven, Gayle.

Hawks: Masters; Newton, Hinshelwood, Hutchinson, Harris, Strugnell, Nanetti, Ryan, Palmer, Kabba, Arthur. Subs: Ramsey, Bailey, Jones, Whyte, Pearce.

Referee: A. Crysell (Braintree).