Hawks snap losing streak by routing Maidenhead

Alfie Rutherford netted twice on his Hawks return. Picture: Neil Marshall
Alfie Rutherford netted twice on his Hawks return. Picture: Neil Marshall

The Hawks snapped their six-match losing streak with an emphatic victory over Maidenhead. 

Lee Bradbury’s men romped to a 7-0 win at Westleigh Park and edged closer out of the National League relegation zone. 

Alfie Pavey and Alfie Rutherford – who returned to the club from his loan spell at Eastbourne Borough on Sunday – both netted doubles, while Tyler Cordner, Rory Williams and Alex Bradley also netted. 

The home side made four changes to their starting line-up following their 4-0 defeat at Leyton Orient.

Williams returned from injury and Andreas Robinson from suspension.

Paul Robinson and Alfie Pavey regained their places.

Striker Rutherford was among the substitutes.

The Hawks got the confidence boost they badly needed by taking the lead after just eight minutes.

After a foul on Pavey, Brian Stock curled in an inch perfect free-kick to the far post.

AFC Bournemouth loanee Cordner rose superbly above the visitors’ defence to power a header home via the inside of the post. 

Maidenhead slowly started to get into the game before the clash swung dramatically in the Hawks’ favour on 35 minutes.

Visiting goalkeeper Carl Pentney handled the ball under pressure just outside his area and was sent off for denying a goalscoring opportunity.

After a five-minute delay Williams slammed an unstoppable free-kick past stand-in keeper Alan Massey.

Josh Huggins replaced Williams at the start of the second half.

Five minutes after the restart the luckless Pavey raced in from the right and thundered a low shot against the base of the post.

On 56 minutes Bradbury turned to Rutherford in place of Nicke Kabamba.

The visitors showed continued defiance, with Harold Odametey sending a 20-yard shot straight at Ben Dudzinski in the home goal.

Rutherford celebrated his return to Westleigh Park in the 63rd minute by getting on the scoresheet.

Stock's bouncing shot from outside the area was helped into the net by the young striker.

A minute later Pavey raced through to send a shot past the hapless keeper for the Hawk's fourth goal.

It was turning into a rout as straight from the kick-off Pavey burst through to double his tally with another firmly-struck effort into the far corner.

Rutherford beat the off-side trap and galloped through to add a sixth goal 11 minutes from time.

Substitute Bradley, on loan from West Brom, heaped more misery on the visitors with a seventh goal six minutes from time. 

The success means just a point separates Bradbury’s side and 20th-placed Dagenham & Redbridge.