Hawks edge to Hampshire Senior Cup win over Moneyfields

Alfie Pavey. Picture: Neil Marshall
Alfie Pavey. Picture: Neil Marshall
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A late, late goal saw the Hawks begin their defence of the Hampshire Senior Cup with a 1-0 win against Moneyfields at Westleigh Park.

Alfie Pavey struck in the third minute of stoppage-time to end the Southern League division one south visitors’ brave resistance.

The Hawks made eight changes from the side which lost to Sutton United on Saturday as they prioritised their National League campaign.

Alfie Pavey forced a low save from Steve Mowthorpe following a poor clearance by Brett Poate in the opening minutes.

On 11 minutes, Hawks keeper Ben Dudzinski turned a powerful George Sheath drive behind for a corner.

Both stoppers were busy and Mowthorpe had to go full length to push away a low angled drive from former Moneys striker Alfie Rutherford.

Soon afterwards Mowthorpe was in action again – turning behind a deflected Bradley Tarbuck shot.

Brian Stock picked up his fourth booking of the season when he fouled Joe Briggs to halt a dangerous Moneyfields counter-attack.

While the Hawks were having plenty of possession, they were finding it hard to break down the visitors’ defence as an uninspiring opening half failed to produce a goal.

A stretching Pavey turned a searching Rutherford cross wide of the far post eight minutes into the second half.

The Hawks continued probing in their search to break the deadlock but every time they got into a good position they were frustrated by a poor final ball.

Pavey forced another low save from Mowthorpe but Moneys remained solid at the back.

Soon after Robinson fired in a fierce swerving 25-yard drive which bounced out off Mowthorpe’s leg.

The breakthrough finally came in the 93rd minute.

With the game seemingly heading for penalties, Pavey latched on to a ball over the top and neatly lobbed the the advancing keeper.

HAWKS: Dudzinski, Williams, Stock, Woodford, Pavey, Tarbuck, Robinson A, Rose, Simpson, Rutherford, Molyneaux.
Subs: Strugnell, Van Der Lugt, Ridge, Broom, Purser

MONEYFIELDS: Mowthorpe, Giddings, Bailey, Rowlatt, Poate, Pearce, Fennemore, Briggs, Barcelos, Sheath, Wooden.
Subs: Woodward, Da Costa, Simm, Martin, Guthrie