Hawks’ disappointing start continues at Ebbsfleet

Hawks boss Lee Bradbury    Picture: Dave Haines
Hawks boss Lee Bradbury Picture: Dave Haines
Alex Pike. Picture: Malcolm Wells

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The Hawks’ disappointing start to the season continued with a 1-0 defeat against Ebbsfleet United at Stonebridge Road.

Daryl McMahon’s stunning 51st-minute strike condemned the Hawks to their third-successive Vanarama Conference South defeat.

Meanwhile, Alex Pike’s Gosport Borough played out a stalemate with Conference South new-boys Wealdstone in what proved to be a game of few chances.

Matt Paterson and Dan Wooden both went close for Borough who were also indebted to a strong goalkeeping display from Nathan Ashmore.

It proved to be third-time unlucky for winless Bognor as their search for a maiden Ryman League premier division victory continued after an entertaining – but ultimately disappointing – 4-3 defeat to Maidstone at Nyewood Lane.

Darren Wheeler fired the Rocks ahead before Ben Johnson later equalised for the hosts who fell 4-2 behind before Alex Parsons’ late consolation.

Elsewhere, Fareham Town mounted an impressive second-half comeback to book a place in the FA Cup preliminary round with a 3-1 victory at Romsey.

Town, who had trailed at the break, missed a penalty through Ryan Woodford before levelling matters when Jordan Neal fired home.

Birthday-boy Bradey Norton and Liam Robinson then put the gloss on a hard-earned triumph.

Petesfield Town suffered FA Cup heartbreak, though, as visiting Bristol Manor Farm bagged an injury-time winner.

The Rams, who lost the game 3-2, had led through Jack James’ early strike and later levelled proceedings through Jason Silver.

Moneyfields were also knocked out of the Cup in a pulsating 4-3 defeat at Bradford Town.

The visitors who netted through Alfie Rutherford (2) and Steve Hutchings, twice led in the game before succumbing to a late goal.

AFC Portchester booked their place in the premilinary rounds of this year’s competition, though, with a stunning late 2-1 win over Fawley, courtesy of substitutes Jack Salter Vaile and Curt Robbins.

The hosts had trailed in the closing stages of the tie before Graham Rix’s tactical masterstroke paid dividends.

Horndean are also through to the next round after they beat Corsham 3-2.

Meanwhile, in the Hampshire Premier League, Baffins Milton Rovers beat Winchester Castle 8-0.

Dean Harris scored a hat-trick, while Jason Parish (2), Chaz Gardener, Blu Boam and Danny Rimmer were all on target for the reigning league champions in a memorable display.

Paulsgrove shared the spoils at AFC Stoneham thanks to Liam Horstead’s goal.