Hawks keep cool to seal Cup progress against eight-man Larkhall

Defender Dan Strugnell, left, scored for the Hawks in their 4-2 win over eight-man Larkhall at Westleigh Park   Picture: Paul Jacobs
Defender Dan Strugnell, left, scored for the Hawks in their 4-2 win over eight-man Larkhall at Westleigh Park Picture: Paul Jacobs
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 praised the Hawks’ discipline after they came through a physical FA Cup replay to beat Larkhall 4-2 at Westleigh Park.

The visitors ended the game with eight men after completely losing their heads in an enthralling Cup tie.

We had to be very disciplined because at times they tried to kick us off the park.

Hawks boss Lee Bradbury

Matt Paterson netted twice for the Hawks – missing a late penalty for his hat-trick – with Dan Strugnell and substitute Scott Donnelly also on target for the hosts, who went 1-0 down after 13 minutes.

‘We’re relieved to get off the pitch in one piece after a very physical game,’ said Bradbury.

‘We had to be very disciplined because at times they tried to kick us off the park.

‘We don’t want to see that – we want to see the game played the right way.

‘It has got to be competitive but there is a line.

‘I was really pleased with the way that we maintained our discipline in the face of it.

‘After a disappointing start, we came back to take control.

‘I was pleased with the way we attacked – we had the majority of the chances, and worked hard for each other.

‘There are things we can work on defensively.

‘Most importantly, though, we are through to the next round.’

With Manny Monthe suspended, the Hawks were forced to reshuffle their defence.

Pompey loanee Calvin Davies was drafted in for his debut at full-back, with Strugnell moving to the centre of defence.

In midfield, Adrian Clifton replaced Donnelly.

The home side applied the early pressure, forcing a series of corners which Larkhall managed to defend.

And on 13 minutes, the visitors stunned the Hawks by taking the lead.

A quick turn from Brad Norris took him behind the home side’s defence and he rolled his shot across goal into the bottom corner.

Clifton had a powerful effort blocked on the edge of the area as the Hawks pushed forward in search of an equaliser.

Paterson crashed a 25-yard shot against the post, before the hosts dragged themselves level in the 36th minute.

The Hawks won a corner and Strugnell rose to guide his header into the far corner.

Bradbury’s men took the lead in first-half stoppage-time when Davies crossed for Paterson to score with a diving header.

After a quiet start to the second half, the hosts tightened their grip on the game when Paterson scored on the hour mark.

Lanre Azeez broke quickly down the left and squared the ball for the lively striker to slide home.

Larkhall were then reduced to 10 men when substitute Dan Cleverley lunged in on Strugnell.

Remarkably, the visitors hit back through Ollie Price, who knocked the ball in following a goulmouth melee.

Within two minutes, though, Hawks nerves were calmed when substitute Donnelly restored their two-goal lead.

After that, the visitors completely lost their discipline, and ended up with eight men after another two were sent off in the closing stages.

Paterson missed out on the chance for a hat-trick when he saw his 88th- minute penalty saved by the goalkeeper.

Hawks: Young, Davies, Blanchett, Stock, Strugnell, Monteiro, Swallow, Clifton, Paterson, Hayter, Azeez. Subs: Morgan, Searle, Donnelly, Mullings, Cummings, Thomson, Kimber