Dan’s the man for Hawks point

Chris Arthur was in the thick of the action and set up the Hawks' leveller at Farnborough   Picture: Dave Haines
Chris Arthur was in the thick of the action and set up the Hawks' leveller at Farnborough Picture: Dave Haines
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An improved second-half performance saw the Hawks battle back to force a 1-1 draw against Farnborough at Cherrywood Lane.

Farnborough led after five minutes through Dean Inman’s header from a free-kick but Dan Strugnell replied in kind early in the second half.

The game ended with disappointment for the Hawks, though, after Steve Ramsey was shown a red card after the full-time whistle following a mass brawl between both teams.

The visitors made one change to the side that beat Basingstoke 4-1 in their last league outing a week ago.

Midfielder Ramsey replaced Alex Grant, with Chris Arthur returning to the full-back berth.

The Hawks fell behind on just five minutes after conceding a free-kick close to the corner flag.

Nic Ciardini hit the ball in high and deep for Dean Inman to rise above the defence and plant his header into the top corner.

It was an early blow for the visitors who tried to hit back through Arthur down the left.

He drove to the byline and stood up a cross to the far post where Ollie Palmer headed wide.

When Sahr Kabba had a great chance to cross, he horribly miscued the ball behind for a goal-kick.

Midway through the half the Hawks were starting to see more possession but still failed to create any clear-cut chances.

The game exploded into life on 24 minutes following a crunching tackle on Palmer by Inman.

Players from both teams squared up to each other and when the dust settled, Palmer and Arthur were booked for the Hawks and Inman for the hosts.

Almost immediately, Dan Bennett had Masters sliding across his line with a shot that squirmed past the post.

Jake Newton saved the Hawks with a desperate goalline clearance after Elvis Hammond turned and shot from six yards out following a corner.

Farnborough were still asking most of the questions going forward and on 35 minutes they carved open the Hawks defence with a superb counter-attack.

Ciardini crossed to the far post and Reece Connolly’s header bounced back off the post with Masters beaten.

Kabba then slipped Palmer through and keeper Jamie Norris saved his angled effort with his legs.

Another Ciardini free-kick at the start of the second half put the Hawks under pressure and Bennett lifted the loose ball over the top.

Nanetti worked an opportunity, cutting in from the right but fired a harmless effort past the post.

Norris did well to race off his line to save at the feet of Kabba after Palmer slipped the ball through.

The disappointing Nanetti was replaced by Grant on 58 minutes and within a minute the Hawks were level.

Arthur swung a corner in from the right and Strugnell rose well to head the ball high into the net.

The visitors went close to snatching the lead minutes later with Kabba rounding the goalkeeper only to have his shot cleared off the line.

It was better from the Hawks who were starting to play at a higher tempo, with Arthur pushing higher up the pitch.

With 15 minutes left Perry Ryan replaced Hutchinson in the Hawks midfield.

Connolly burst past two Hawks defenders in the box and fired at Masters from a tight angle.

When Reece Jones teed up Connolly, the striker ballooned his shot over the bar.

Both teams were looking to win it as the game headed into the final eight minutes.

There were angry scenes after the final whistle that saw both teams and benches confront each other on the pitch in an ugly flare up.

And Ramsey was shown a red card for violent conduct to bring a sour end to the contest.

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HAWKS 1 (Strugnell)

Farnborough: Norris, Huggins, Treaacher, Inman, Bosch, Jones, Bennett, Laidler, Connolly, Hammond, Ciardini. Subs: Moody, Inns, O’Regan, Clement.

Hawks: Masters, Newton, Arthur, Hutchinson, Harris, Strugnell, Nanetti, Kewley-Graham, Palmer, Kabba, Ramsey. Subs: Ryan, Grant, Woodford, Jones, Hinshelwood.

Referee: T Wood.