Havant & Waterlooville pick up precious point at National League South promotion rivals Slough

THE HAWKS maintained their remarkable unbeaten National League South away record with 1-1 draw against promotion rivals Slough Town.

Saturday, 15th February 2020, 5:32 pm
Updated Saturday, 15th February 2020, 5:32 pm
Jonah Ayunga was on target for the Hawks at Slough. Picture: Dave Haines

Jonah Ayunga deservedly grabbed a 65th-minute equaliser for Paul Doswell’s side and went closest to snatching a winning goal in the closing stages.

Dean Beckwith and Wes Fogden came in for suspended pair Simon Walton and Bedsente Gomis in the visitors’ starting line-up.

Bradley Tarbuck was preferred to Andy Drury, who dropped to the substitutes’ bench.

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The Hawks started playing into the strong wind and were forced to absorb some early pressure.

On nine minutes Sam Togwell forced the ball into away side’s net but his effort was disallowed for offside.

Five minutes later Dan Roberts went close for Slough when shooting narrowly wide.

The visitors’ goal was leading a charmed life and were saved by the woodwork from a corner.

After weathering the storm, Paul Doswell’s side had two chances on the half-hour mark.

Danny Kedwell narrowly missed when he got on the end of an excellent cross from Benny Read.

Then Josh Taylor and Ayunga combined, with the latter wriggling free before shooting wide.

Four minutes before the break a mix-up in the home defence allowed Fogden to nip in but his shot went behind off the goalkeeper.

But it was Slough who grabbed the lead three minutes into stoppage-time at the end of the half.

Craig Robson allowed the ball to slip under his foot and Matthew LENCH ran through to rifle the ball beyond Worner.

Ayunga lifted a shot over the top from inside the area 10 minutes after the restart.

On 64 minutes the Hawks grabbed an equaliser following a long throw from Taylor into the home area.

Kedwell headed the ball on and AYUNGA bundled the ball in.

Kedwell had another chance only to send his close-range effort straight at the goalkeeper.

Rutherford went close to driving in a Read cross as the visitors almost snatched all three points late on.