Hawks win tempered by Harris injury

Scott Donnelly Picture: Ian Hargreaves
Scott Donnelly Picture: Ian Hargreaves
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THE HAWKS maintained their unbeaten pre-season record with a 2-0 win over Bognor last night.

Both the goals came in the first half through a Scott Donnelly penalty and a well-taken Brian Stock finish.

But the success was soured by an injury to defender Ed Harris.

Harris left Westleigh Park on crutches with concerns over a knee ligament issue after an awkward first-half fall.

Bradbury was concerned about the problem, but pleased with the test provided by the Rocks.

He said: ‘The injury Ed Harris is a massive concern because it didn’t look good.

‘He’s been fantastic in the last few seasons and it will be a great loss if we lose him for any amount of time.

‘It was a good exercise though between two teams who passed the ball well.

‘They made it hard for us and it didn’t’ give us a lot of space.

‘That meant we needed high energy in order to get around them.

‘The only thing I would like to see is us playing the ball into the strikers’ feet more.’

The Hawks took charge in the early stages with Matt Paterson, Scott Donnelly and Marvin Morgan all going close.

Adrian Clifton should have put the home side ahead on 15 minutes but failed to make contact with his head six yards out when completely unmarked.

There was concern in the Hawks ranks when central defender Harris was carried off the pitch.

Harris landed awkwardly and looked in a lot of discomfort as he left the pitch.

Hawks goalkeeper Ryan Young came to the host’s rescue twice before half-time denying Jason Prior and Ollie Pearce.

The home side took the lead in the 37th minute courtesy of a Donnelly penalty after Morgan had been pulled back inside the area.

Brian Stock was gifted a second goal three minutes before half-time by an awful back-pass from Jake Thomson.

Both teams continued to work hard at the start of the second half without creating any clear cut chances.

On 57 minutes the Rocks introduced young Moneyfields striker Alfie Rutherford as a substitute.

Rutherford was soon in action having a powerful drive blocked on the edge of the Hawks area.

Defences remained on top and with just over fifteen minutes remaining the game began to peter out.

HAWKS: Young, Strugnell, Cummings, Stock, Molyneaux, Harris, Hayter, Donnelly, Paterson, Morgan, Clifton. Subs: Dutton,Blanchett, Swallow,