Hawks claim remarkable point as Borough return to form

JJ Hooper netted a late equaliser for the Hawks against Sutton United   Picture: Paul Jacobs
JJ Hooper netted a late equaliser for the Hawks against Sutton United Picture: Paul Jacobs
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Ten-man Hawks produced a remarkable second-half fightback to salvage a 2-2 Vanarama Conference South draw against Sutton United at Westleigh Park.

It looked a lost cause when the home side trailed by two goals and had Nic Ciardini sent off early in the second half.

A Scott Donnelly penalty and a stunning JJ Hooper strike, however, earned Lee Bradbury’s side a share of the spoils.

A Dan Fitchett first-half double had put Sutton in the driving seat.

Gosport Borough claimed their first league success since the derby win over the Hawks on New Year’s Day as they ended their recent blip with a solid 2-0 win over Bishop’s Stortford.

Prolific duo Justin Bennett and Matt Paterson were the men on target as Alex Pike’s side registered a well-deserved victory to reignite their Vanarama Conference South play-off challenge.

Petersfield returned to the top of the Wessex League premier division after battling back to earn a point against fellow title rivals Winchester City in an entertaining 2-2 draw at Love Lane.

Ian Saunders’ men took an early lead through Ed Dryden, only for Winchester to turn the game around through Geoff Dunn and Warren Bentley strikes.

But Petersfield skipper Alex Ward – brother of former Pompey player Joel – slammed home at the death to earn the Rams a priceless point.

Fareham Town claimed successive wins for the first time this season as their battle against Wessex League premier division relegation continued with a deserved 2-0 victory against Bemerton Heath Harlequins.

The Reds were on a high following their 7-1 win over Christchurch with hat-trick hero Bradey Norton at it again to fire Matt Parr’s side ahead on the half-hour mark, before Ash Tattersall – who also netted last time out – made sure of the victory.

It was a different story in the Hampshire League premier division for Baffins Milton Rovers, though.

Lee Newport’s side saw their hopes of regaining the Hampshire premier division title all but end with a 2-1 defeat at Stockbridge .

Last season’s champions had fallen well behind Hamble Club in the race for glory this season and another loss has made an already-difficult challenge now seemingly impossible.