Swallow swoops as Hawks return to winning ways

Ben Swallow. Picture: Allan Hutchings
Ben Swallow. Picture: Allan Hutchings
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The Hawks made hard work of beating relegation-battling Farnborough 1-0 in Vanarama Conference South at Westleigh Park this afternoon.

A deflected Ben Swallow goal on the stroke of half-time proved enough to get the home side back to winning ways.

Gosport Borough fell to a narrow 2-1 defeat at Hemel Hempstead – slipping four points off the Vanarama Conference South play-off places.

Jordan Parkes fired Hemel ahead early in the second period, before Andy Robinson equalised after scoring his first goal for Gosport.

Oliver Hawkins’ free header sealed the points for the hosts - but only after subsitute Lee Wort struck a post at the death.

Bognor were forced to settle for a share of the spoils as their Ryman League premier division trip to AFC Hornchurch ended in a 0-0 draw.

Petersfield extended their lead at the top of the Wessex League premier division to six points with an impressive 4-2 win at Folland Sports.

Danny Thompson, Ed Dryden, Warren Hunt and Jordan Neal were all on target for Ian Saunders’ men.

Moneyfields’ Wessex League premier division title bid took a huge hit as the second-placed outfit suffered a 5-1 defeat away to Lymington Town.

Heading in 3-1 down at half-time, the promotion chasers could not turn the game around in the second half conceding a further two goals.

AFC Portchester brushed aside the challenge of high-flying Blackfield & Langley to record a deserved 3-1 victory at Wicor Rec.

Andy Rinomhota, Sean Thurgood and Harry Wedlake were all on target in an impressive Wessex League premier division victory for Graham Rix’s side.