Ten-man Hawks battle to deserved draw

Ryan Woodford saw red for the Hawks Picture: Dave Haines
Ryan Woodford saw red for the Hawks Picture: Dave Haines
Brett Poate

Defenders provide a big boost for Moneyfields

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TEN-MAN Hawks battled to a hard-fought 0-0 Skrill South draw against Dover at the Crabble this afternoon.

In a tight encounter, the visitors had Ryan Woodford sent off for a second bookable offence on the hour.

Dover keeper Mitch Walker denied the Hawks all three points with a superb one-handed save from Nic Ciardini four minutes from time.

Gareth Barfoot’s second-half error meant Gosport Borough’s tough start to life in Skrill South continued as they went down to a 2-1 defeat at Ebbsfleet United.

Defender Sam Pearce restored parity for Borough with a sweet volley following Stacy Long’s opener.

But Alex Pike’s men returned to Privett Park without a point after Barfoot fumbled at the feet of Ben May.

The keeper redeemed himself with a fabulous penalty save to deny Billy Bricknell but the visitors were unable to salvage a share of the spoils.

AFC Portchester’s good form continued as they sealed a last-gasp 3-2 FA Vase victory at Bradford Town.

Simon Woods proved to be the Royals’ hero, but credit must go to manager Graham Rix, whose decision to bring Louie Castles off the bench with the visitors trailing 2-1, proved to be a match-winning substititution.

Woods, who bagged an injury-time winner in a brace of goals, was joined on the scoresheet by Jamie Musselwhite

Moneyfields’ FA Vase hopes are still alive after stand-in keeper Conor Bailey came to his side’s rescue following an injury to Dave Hook in their draw with Christchurch.

With no recognised reserve stopper on the bench, midfielder Bailey took over between the sticks.

The hosts took an early lead through prolific striker Steve Hutchings but were made to work to send the tie into extra-time after Carl Foster levelled matters at the break.

The score remained 1-1 after 30 minutes extra play, with the replay at Christchurch on Wednesday night.

Bognor progressed to the next round of the FA Trophy – and picked up a cool £2,700 in the process.

Two Terry Dodd goals proved to be the difference as the Rocks beat Ryman North side Thurrock 2-1 at Nyewood Lane.