Hawks boss Doswell aiming to avoid his worst managerial league losing streak for 15 years

Paul Doswell this weekend aims to avoid chalking up his longest losing league streak since 2006.

Thursday, 11th February 2021, 10:45 am
Hawks players react after Ebbsfleet United score during their 4-1 win at Westleigh Park in October 2015. Picture: Paul Jacobs

Hawks welcome Ebbsfleet United to Westleigh Park having suffered three successive National League South defeats.

A fourth would equal the run Doswell endured when he was in charge of Eastleigh in the same division in August 2006.

Back then, the fourth defeat was against the Hawks - Rocky Baptiste’s goal giving the visitors all three points in a Bank Holiday Monday Hampshire derby.

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For their part, Hawks have not lost four league games in a row since September and October 2015 - the season in which they were relegated to the Isthmian Premier.

Ironically, that losing streak included a home defeat against Ebbsfleet!

Back then, they actually lost five in a row.

The run started with a 1-0 loss at Maidstone, Adam Birchall scoring in the sixth minute

Three days later Hawks led Whitehawk 2-1 at Westleigh Park through goals from Brian Stock and Matt Paterson with six minutes left - only to lose 3-2.

The following Saturday they crashed 4-1 to Ebbsfleet - current Coventry striker Matt Godden scoring twice. Danny Kedwell, now of course a Hawks player, was also in the Fleet team.

Lee Bradbury’s men then lost 3-0 at Truro City and 2-1 at home to Wealdstone.

Hawks’ 2-0 loss at a wintry Hemel Hempstead on Tuesday was the first time they had lost three league games in a row since their National League days of October 2018.

They had previously lost 2-1 at home to Eastbourne and 2-1 at Bath City in mid-January prior to the sixth tier’s two-week suspension.