Hawks led lead slip in Weston draw

Ryan Moss opened the scoring for the Hawks at Weston-super-Mare     Picture: Dave Haines
Ryan Moss opened the scoring for the Hawks at Weston-super-Mare Picture: Dave Haines
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A late goal pegged the Hawks back to a 2-2 draw against Weston-super-Mare at the Woodspring Stadium.

Ryan Moss grabbed a brace for the Hawks and Dan Butler almost won the game in the final minute when his shot bounced back off the post.

But it was a missed chance for victory for Lee Bradbury’s men, who twice led in the match.

The Hawks named an unchanged starting line-up after their 4-0 midweek win over Dorchester.

Christian Nanetti was absent because of illness, while out-of-favour central defender Sam Page was conspicuous by his absence.

The Hawks attacked from first whistle and Eddie Hutchinson sent in a weak volley which was saved by Lloyd Irish.

It was a good start from the visitors and Ryan Moss drifted a cross over the far upright.

But the Hawks had to be alert when Ryan Woodford was forced to turn the ball behind for a corner after Kane Ingram sent in a dangerous cross to the near post.

On 11 minutes, Tony Taggart volleyed wide from outside the area after Steve Ramsey’s free-kick was headed out.

Ramsey forced another low save from Irish with a dipping shot from outside the box.

On 26 minutes, a neat one-two put Ross Stearn away on the left and his driven cross was cleared under pressure by the Hawks.

The Hawks, though, had looked solid at the back with only Stearn causing them any problems.

The visitors came under a brief spell of pressure around the half-hour mark and, from a corner, Ollie Palmer was forced to hoof the ball away from in front of goal.

The Hawks were lucky to remain on terms eight minutes before the break.

Danger-man Stearn slipped past Dan Butler on the right and pulled the ball back for Chas Hemmings who fired against the bar.

Masters had to be at his best to turn Stearn’s firmly-struck shot around the post for a corner.

Although the Hawks had started well, the Seagulls had the better of the closing stages in the first half.

Watford loanee Stephan Hamilton-Forbes replaced Stefan Bailey for the Hawks at the start of the second half.

Masters had to get his body behind Ashley Kington’s first-time shot in the opening minute after the break.

But the Hawks drew first blood in the 49th minute courtesy of Moss.

Ramsey picked up a poor clearance from Irish and fed the ball through to Palmer down the right channel.

The striker outpaced his defender before crossing low for Moss to turn in from four yards.

On the hour, defender Chris Arthur was sent on in place of midfielder Hutchinson.

The visitors had Butler and Hamilton-Forbes booked in quick succession.

A quick counter-attack almost saw Palmer set Moss up again before Taggart narrowly failed to make contact with another cross from the powerful striker.

Kington sent a superb low shot swerving narrowly past the foot of the post but the Seagulls levelled on 71 minutes.

Masters failed to hold on to a deep cross under pressure and Kington buried his drive into the bottom corner from just inside the area.

The Hawks regained the lead with a superbly-taken goal from Moss - his second of the game.

Fed by Butler, the striker turned brilliantly inside his defender and thumped his shot high into the net.

But two minutes from time, the Seagulls equalised a second time when Chas Hemmings had time to place his shot past Masters from the edge of the area.

Butler sent a shot against the post and Kabba should have won it when he shot wide with just the goalkeeper to beat.

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WESTON-SUPER-MARE 2 (Kington, Hemmings)

HAWKS 2 (Moss 2)

Weston-super-Mare: Irish, Price, Slocombe, Kington, Villis, Laird, Stearn, Kirk, Hemmings, Ingram, Grubb. Subs: Monks, Egan, McClaggon, Pepperell, Diallo.

Hawks: Masters, Hinshelwood, Butler, Bailey, Harris, Woodford, Ramsey, Hutchinson, Palmer, Moss, Taggart. Subs: Arthur, Ryan, Kabba, Jones, Hamilton-Forbes.

Referee: S Daley (Stanmore, Middlesex).