Last-gasp double earns 10-man Hawks vital win

Hawks midfielder Bobby Hopkinson heads to the changing room after being sent off in the first half Picture: Dave Haines
Hawks midfielder Bobby Hopkinson heads to the changing room after being sent off in the first half Picture: Dave Haines
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Ten-man Hawks battled back to a much-needed 2-1 win over Maidenhead United at Westleigh Park this afternoon and ease the pressure on manager Shaun Gale.

The home side had midfielder Bobby Hopkinson sent off on the stroke of half-time, before falling behind on the hour mark.

Remarkably, though, the 10 men hit back with two late goals from Ryan Woodford and Scott Jones to seal an unlikely win for a relieved Gale.

In Southern League division one south & west, a late Steve Claridge strike earned play-off-chasing Gosport Borough three vital points at fellow promotion-hopefuls Thatcham Town.

Former Pompey hero Claridge came off the bench to earn a 1-0 victory and seal Borough’s climb up into the play-off places.

Bognor’s hopes of extending their lead at the top of the Ryman League division one south were thwarted at second-place Dulwich Hamlet.

Both side’s had to be content with a 0-0 draw.

In the Wessex League premier division, two goals from Luke Middleton earned high-flying Moneyfields a 2-0 win at Fawley, while the local derby at Cams Alders ended in a 0-0 draw between Fareham and Horndean.