Hawks skipper is back on track

Hawks keeper Scott Bevan. Picture: Malcolm Wells (14461-8979)
Hawks keeper Scott Bevan. Picture: Malcolm Wells (14461-8979)
Steve Ramsey scored for AFC Portchester in their defeat at Amesbury Town. Picture: Keith Woodland

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Scott Bevan has declared himself fit for the second leg of the FA Trophy semi-final against Gosport Borough on Saturday.

The Hawks skipper was a surprise starter in the first leg match on Monday, after suffering back problems leading up to the game.

It was serious enough for manager Lee Bradbury to bring in emergency cover in the shape of loanee Benji Buchel from AFC Bournemouth.

But Bevan was determined not to miss out on the Westleigh Park showdown.

And he has suffered no recurrence of the injury since, leaving him clear to take the field for the second leg.

‘It was touch and go last week because my back suddenly spasmed up when I was at home,’ said the keeper.

‘I was locked in one position for about 10 minutes. It wasn’t pleasant.

‘My back has been sore since then but physio Phil Ashwell got into it with some deep massage and some anti-inflammatories.

‘The manager has also looked after me with regards to training.

‘It is a fine line between getting out on the training pitch to remain sharp but at the same time not wanting to aggravate the problem.

‘Luckily enough it settled down and, although there are still a few twinges here and there, I was just happy to get out there and get through the game.’

Bevan – along with his opposite number Nathan Ashmore – had little to do for much of Monday’s contest 
as the two sides cancelled each other out.

But he did have to pick the ball out of his net after Tim Sills’ opener.

Nic Ciardini smashed in a vital equaliser but Bevan admitted he is disappointed not to be going to Privett Park with a lead.

‘It was a slog and it wasn’t pretty,’ said the former Bristol City man.

‘Gosport came to us, set their stall out to get players behind the ball and did it well.

‘It was our job to try to break them down and we couldn’t quite manage it.

‘They caught us cold at the start of the second half and Tim Sills actually mishit his shot, which undid me.

‘We lacked that little bit of quality in the final third but we are still in the tie. The pitch didn’t suit our passing style and we were a bit hesitant and nervous at the start, which is not like us.

‘Normally we like to get on the ball and put opponents on the back foot.

‘Some of that was down to Gosport, who got in our faces and made life difficult for us.

‘There is still a lot more to come from us and we can go out there all guns blazing in the second leg.’

The two teams meet again in the second leg on Saturday, with a place in the Wembley final against either Cambridge (2-1 winners on Saturday) or Grimsby at stake.