Mare for Hawks with defeat to strugglers

Hawks keeper Ryan Young
Hawks keeper Ryan Young
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TROUBLES continue to mount for Lee Bradbury after the Hawks suffered a 3-2 National League South defeat at fellow strugglers Weston-super-Mare.

Poor defending in the first half saw them trail 2-0 before Scott Donnelly pulled a goal back from the penalty spot early in the second half.

The Seagulls restored their two-goal lead against the run of play 10 minutes from the end.

Substitute James Hayter then set up a tense finale with a goal on 88 minutes but it proved too little, too late.

The Hawks made four changes, with Brian Dutton returning to the heart of the defence after a one-match suspension.

Pompey loanee Calvin Davies reappeared at full-back after injury, with Donnelly and Nic Ciardini recalled to the starting line-up.

The Hawks displayed a high tempo from the start – closing the Seagulls down and giving them no time to play.

On six minutes, good work from Godfrey Poku put Matt Paterson in and the striker shot across goal and past the far post.

Five minutes later the home side had a great chance to open the lead but the ball was fired over from 12 yards.

Goalkeeper Ryan Young came to the Hawks’ rescue soon afterwards with a good save as the Seagulls started to apply some pressure.

But it paid off in the 19th minute when the hosts took the lead from a corner.

Young pushed the delivery away but when the Hawks failed to clear, Ollie Barnes knocked the loose ball into the net.

The problems increased for the Hawks five minutes before the break when they fell further behind from the spot.

Young brought Rudi Plummer down inside the area and Bradley Ash sent the goalkeeper the wrong way with his penalty.

The Hawks were given a lifeline two minutes into the second half when a foul on Marvin Morgan just inside the area resulted in a penalty. Donnelly kept his composure to easily score from the spot.

Boosted by the goal the visitors started to pin the Seagulls back.

Twice the home side scrambled the ball away with the Hawks applying sustained pressure.

After being under the cosh for most of the second half, Weston broke out to kill the Hawks off with a third goal 10 minutes from full-time. James Hayter rekindled hope when he scored at the far post but there was no leveller.

Horndean moved up to second in the Wessex League premier division with a confident 5-3 win at Cowes Sports.

Nathan Kirby, with two, Ryan Thomas, Sam Smart and Matt Burt got the goals.

Moneyfields and Fareham saw their games postponed.

Liss Athletic entertain Baffins Milton Rovers in the Portsmouth Senior Cup tonight (7.45pm).