On a sizzling, soggy Tuesday, the Hawks continued their season with a 2-1 comeback win in Tilbury in the FA Trophy.
It had been 15 days since Shaun Saunders’ side last set foot on a pitch and that loss of momentum showed in a first half that came to life.
Muted by the conditions, the Isthmian League North hosts opened the floodgates with a hissing, swirling effort from 20 yards that surprised Luke Glover as he shot into the sagging net.
A question mark hung over Whitehawk after the loss of last season’s top scorer Javaun Splatt, who joined Worthing down the coast last week, but they shone real redemption in the second half.
Fourteen minutes after the restart, the Hawks had completely turned the game upside down: Charlie Lambert smashed a shot on goal past Finley Thackaway’s gloves before Joe Shelley followed up with a header at the near post that plopped into the far corner.
It was raining at a devil’s speed now, and the surface slowed and slapped.
But the Hawks backline dealt with the danger and secured their place in the next round of the FA Trophy with a venture to Corinthian scheduled for Saturday 24 September.
After the game, Saunders was pleased with his place in the next round of the competition: “Yes, first and foremost a good win. I don’t think we were at our best, obviously the pitch wasn’t great for either side, but we’ll get the win and go our way.
“I felt like we had the first half under control, but at half-time I was positive. We felt like we could turn it around.” Saunders adds.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/sport/21570768.whitehawk-win-tilbury-fa-trophy-tie/?ref=rss Whitehawk wins in FA Trophy tie at Tilbury