Hawks keeper is unlikely match-winner

Hawks goalkeeper Ryan Young   Picture: Mick Young
Hawks goalkeeper Ryan Young Picture: Mick Young
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The Hawks earned a second successive Vanarama Conference South win at Bath City this afternoon in extraordinary circumstances.

The visitors, who won the game 2-1, led at the interval when JJ Hooper benefitted from a defensive mix-up to fire Lee Bradbury’s side in front.

Incredibly, they then extended their lead early in the second-half through goalkeeper Ryan Young, whose huge clearance upfield deceived counterpart Jason Mellor - taking one bounce on its way into the net.

That proved to be the match-winner as Bath reduced the deficit through Andy Watkins but were unable to salvage a late equaliser.

Gosport Borough, not in league action by virtue of the fact there are an uneven number of teams in the Vanarama Conference South, beat an AFC Bournemouth XI 3-0 in a friendly at Privett Park.

Lee Wort, Robbie Matthews and Paco Saez were all on target for Alex Pike’s in-form side.

Borough loanee Stuart Green made a scoring return to former club Moneyfields as his second-half strike ensured a share of the spoils against Blackfield & Langley in the Wessex League premier division.

Elsewhere, Horndean fell to a late 2-1 defeat at Andover.

Nathan Kirby had equalised for the visitors early on in the game.

Petersfield pulled off an impressive 3-2 victory at Winchester City.

Brad Miles, Ed Dryden and Alex Ward were on the scoresheet for Ian Saunders’ men.

AFC Portchester claimed a point in an entertaining 2-2 home draw with Christchurch.

Craig Hardy and substitute Andy Rinomhota twice restored parity for the Royals.

Fareham Town host Alresford Town tomorrow night (7.45pm).