And then it was October, when a milky autumn sun dotted The Enclosed Ground lawn.
Whitehawk will return there on Tuesday when they welcome A23 neighbors Burgess Hill Town under the lights, but for now those voyages of departure continue, with a trip to Folkestone Invicta in the offing.
On Saturday it was another venture away from home comforts; Sheppey United offer their services for the afternoon. It was also the classic Hawks start that got things going as Joe Shelley hit his sixth penalty of the season – and third in his last three games – to give the visitors an early lead.
But the Kent side struck back with a penalty of their own: Billy Bennett was there to send Luke Glover the wrong way. One point apiece as the Hawks continue their undefeated start to the league season.
Coach Shaun Saunders was quick to praise his team after the game: “I’m happy to get a point. Considering the injuries we’ve sustained, Ryan Warwick is obviously a loss for us, we’re losing that advantage in midfield; Charlie Lambert, we thought it was too early for him. I had hoped to find peace in him [Lambert] yesterday but injuries during the game forced him to play.”
Injuries posed a threat in Sheppey, with all three substitutions going through. But the momentum is still there, with Saunders recognizing his opponent’s qualities: “Overall it’s a tough place, a volatile crowd and at the end of the day a draw was a fair result – it was a final score that would have gone either way be able.”
Saunders’ troops march back to Kent this Saturday for an FA Trophy tie against Isthmian League premier club Folkestone Invicta before hosting Burgess Hill Town on Tuesday 11 October.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/sport/23025490.whitehawk-pick-1-1-draw-sheppey-united/?ref=rss Whitehawk draw 1-1 at Sheppey United