Hawks’ hopes take a huge hit

Giuseppe Sole gave the Hawks the lead against Chelmsford
Giuseppe Sole gave the Hawks the lead against Chelmsford
Matt Tubbs played well against Sutton. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Injuries are big concern but defensive errors also worry Hawks

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Ten-man Hawks slipped to a damaging 2-1 defeat by play-off-chasing rivals Chelmsford City at West Leigh Park.

Giuseppe Sole gave the Hawks a dream start with a ninth-minute goal.

But within a minute the home side found themselves down to 10 men as Ian Selley picked up a straight red card.

The home side held out until half-time but two goals in the first eight minutes of the second period sealed their fate.

Elsewhere, Pat Cox’s goal was enough to hand Gosport a 1-0 win at home to Frome in Southern League division one south.

Second-placed Bognor shared a 1-1 draw with Ryman division one leaders Met Police.

And in the Wessex League premier division, Fareham suffered a 3-0 loss at Fawley.