The Hawks had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Weston-super-Mare at Westleigh Park in the Blue Square Bet South.
Shaun Gale’s side found themselves up against it as they went behind, before a Leon Cashman header secured a point.
The hosts dominated long periods of the second half but lacked the creativity to unlock a resolute Seagulls defence.
Watching on in the stands was last season’s leading goalscorer Wes Fogden, sold to League Two outfit Bournemouth earlier in the season – and, oh, how the Hawks would have loved to have had him on the field again.
Sitting alongside Fogden, was pacy winger Craig Braham-Barrett, ruled out with an ankle injury.
‘It was a battle against a decent side and we had a go,’ said Hawks boss Gale.
‘I can’t question the effort of the lads.
‘At times we made silly mistakes but that is where we are at the moment.
‘We had key experienced players missing and didn’t have a Wes (Fogden) to unlock the opposition defence.
‘We kept going and dug in which is the important thing.
‘I thought we defended well and on another day we might have nicked it.
‘It is not ideal drawing at home but we haven’t lost.’
Both teams struggled on a slippery surface in the opening 30 minutes, before the Hawks lost concentration when defending a corner.
The referee was still talking to some of their players when Weston took a short corner, before curling the ball across to the unmarked Chris Young.
Lyall Beazley kept Young’s header out with a good one-handed save but Brett Trowbridge netted the loose ball.
Leon Cashman, who has been away with The Navy, levelled for the Hawks with a good far-post header from Sammy Igoe’s cross.
‘It was a heroic effort from Leon,’ said Gale.
‘He has been on a ship for six months.’
The Hawks upped the tempo at the start of the second half but could not breach the solid Seagulls defence.
Both teams had chances but a draw was a fair result.
Gale added: ‘We huffed and puffed without getting any breaks.
‘In the second half we were in control of the game and Weston only had chances on the break.
‘There was just a lack of a cutting edge where we are asking youngsters to be the finished article.’
Hawks: Beazley 7; Newton 6, Cashman 7, Hopkinson 7 (Jones 68mins – 7), Holland 7, Woodford 7, Ryan 6, Ramsey 7, Palmer 6, Igoe 7, Hinshelwood 6.