Safety bid out of Hawks’ hands

Ollie Palmer missed a cracking chance. Picture: Dave Haines
Ollie Palmer missed a cracking chance. Picture: Dave Haines
Craig McAllister was on target for Gosport Borough at Dunstable.

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CARETAKER-boss Steve Johnson branded the Hawks’ display at Farnborough ‘unacceptable’ as the team’s survival hopes were taken out of their hands by the 1-0 defeat.

A win for third-from-bottom Hampton at home to Basingstoke tomorrow would send the Hawks into the drop zone going into the final weekend of the season.

The Hawks host Staines at Westleigh Park on Saturday and the pressure will be on.

Johnson said: ‘It was bitterly disappointing.

‘I have told the players that it is not acceptable and not the sort of performance that will get us out of trouble.

‘We need to get back to being a collective unit.’

The Hawks lacked passion against hosts who showed a far greater appetite to win.

Johnson added: ‘We weren’t a team, we didn’t pass the ball well and didn’t create much in the way of chances.

‘It is vital that we stick together and play as a team, which didn’t happen.’

Farnborough struck on three minutes with a quick counter-attack which ended with the unmarked Daniel Bennett turning the ball into the net.

The home side continued to dominate and it was a mystery how they didn’t add to their lead before half-time.

After the break, Ollie Palmer wasted a great chance to level for the Hawks.

He cleverly turned his defender on the edge of the Farnborough area and got clear.

With just the keeper to beat, it looked a certain goal, but the young striker hammered his shot wide.

In the final stages, the Hawks pushed forward, leaving gaps at the back, and it was Farnborough who wasted a series of chances in the closing stages.

‘I was happy to get in at half-time just one goal down after Dan Thomas made a couple of good saves to keep us in it,’ said Johnson.

‘We re-organised to give it a go in the second half, and though it gave more possession, it wasn’t enough.

‘Again, we failed to take one or two good chances at important times in the game.

‘Ollie Palmer will be disappointed with his miss because it could have changed the whole momentum of the game.

‘It would have put Farnborough on the back foot and we could have gone on from there.

‘When we took over at Truro, we knew it would be a bumpy road and it would have been nice to be safe by now.

‘That hasn’t happened and we have to make sure we win our last game.’

Hawks: Thomas 8; Newton 7, Arthur 7 (McDonald 45mins – 7), Hinshelwood 5, Dolan 7 (Hopkinson 69mins – 6), Pearce 6, Hutchinson 7, Ramsey 6, Jones 6, Igoe 5 (Palmer 45mins – 6), Nanetti 6.

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