Hawks fail to topple leaders Braintree

Shaun Gale had to watch his side lose 2-0 at Braintree today
Shaun Gale had to watch his side lose 2-0 at Braintree today
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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Blue Square Conference South leaders Braintree Town powered to a 2-0 win over the Hawks at Cressing Road.

Two first-half goals put the hosts in charge, and though the Hawks improved after the break, they couldn’t find a way back into the game.

Braintree started aggressively and inside the first minute Hawks goalkeeper Nathan Ashmore went full length to keep out Brad Quinton’s free-kick.

The respite was brief as Kenny Davis put the home side ahead after five minutes with a drive from the edge of the area.

The Hawks fell further behind on 19 minutes when Sean Martin headed in a Davis cross from close range.

The visitors went close on the half hour as Giuseppe Sole fired a shot against the post after good work from Liam Sewell.

The Hawks put in an improved second-half performance but couldn’t find a way to unlock the home defence.

In the last minute, Quinton missed a penalty for the home side, firing wide of the target after Sam Pearce was harshly adjudged to have pushed an attacker in the area.

In Ryman one south, the Rocks preserved their two-point lead at the top with a 4-0 demolition of Walton & Hersham in front of a crowd of 555 at Nyewood Lane.

Jason Prior and Luke Nightingale each scored within a minute just before half-time, before Prior completed a hat-trick with further strikes on 56 and 89 minutes.

Prior could even afford to miss a second-half penalty as the Rocks kept their title bid on track with just three games to go.

In the Zamaretto Southern League, Gosport Borough suffered a 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Mangotsfield, with James Taylor scoring for Borough.

Moneyfields had to settle for a 1-1 draw against high-flying Winchester City after conceding a sloppy goal late on in their Wessex League premier division encounter at Dover Road.

Danny Horrell put the Copnor club ahead after 20 minutes with a neat finish but the visitors hit back to level three minutes before the end.

Fareham Town crashed to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Bournemouth Poppies at Cams Alders.

Trailing by two goals, the Reds were given a late lifeline when substitute Mark Cotton reduced the arrears in the 78th minute.

A disastrous mistake in Fareham’s defence, however, presented the visitors their third goal in stoppage time and sealed the home side’s fate.