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Hawks Come Back To Beat Ten-Man Tigers

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The only game to get to go-ahead on Tuesday night in the Vanarama National League South was at Westleigh Park where Havant & Waterlooville returned to second place after beating ten-man Gloucester City 2-1.

The Tigers came into the match in reasonable form, having not lost in five, while the hosts lost second place to Hampton & Richmond Borough last weekend after they had failed to beat Hemel Hempstead Town.

And they had to be patient on a tricky surface, despite the visitors going down to ten-men after only 14 minutes when skipper Sam Avery was sent-off after pushing Wes Fogden to the floor after assuming he`d dived for the initial offence.

But instead of working against the Tigers, it seemed to galvanise them and they held firm fairly comfortably until half-time.

And then just 7 minutes into the second half, the ten-men took the lead when home `keeper Ryan Young was left stranded when he had come out to clear the ball and Joe Parker took full advantage to lob the ball home from near the halfway line.

Gloucester held that lead until the 65th minute when the promotion-chasers grabbed an equaliser through top scorer Jason Prior, who netted at the far post after a low cross had found its way to him.

The Hawks poured forward after that looking for a second, which came on 77 minutes when a Brian Stock corner was neatly headed home by Theo Lewis.

Lee Bradbury`s side survived a late scare when Ethan Moore went down in the box from a Ryan Woodford challenge, but the referee waved play-on and the Hawks had three vital points.


About Author

Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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