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Match Report

Hawkinge Town 3-4 Kings Hill
Kent County League Division One Central & East
Saturday 30th September 2017
Report by Grant Wilbur Photographs by Selene Lawford

Hawkinge Town rallied late in the game and made a brave fight back but were unable to prevent a first defeat of the season by the odd goal in seven against league leaders Kings Hill.

After a scrappy first half the two teams went in at the break one goal apiece, Toby Heydon for the hosts and Jack Mayhew for the visitors. The second half saw Kings Hill come out firing on all cylinders and goals by Ryan Blake, Scott Gillman and Jack Mayhew put the game beyond the reach of Hawkinge who at 1-4 looked doomed but a late fightback with goals from Ryan Taylor and Kieran Byrne gave the result an air or respectability.

Hawkinge manager James Everitt was forced into making four changes to the team that defeated Kennington the previous week. Harry Nunn, Daley Sinclair, Niall Jackson and Kieran Byrne were drafted into the side replacing Wes Foord, Damian Abel, James Gibson and Michael Yianni.

The first half was a very scrappy affair with neither side being able to find any rhythm or fluency in their play. It was the visitors who opened the scoring in the 14th minute with a penalty kick taken by Jack Mayhew after Daly Sinclair brought down Scott Gillman in the penalty area. Two minutes later Nathan Hardwick weaved his way past several defenders before setting up Toby Heydon who smashed the ball into the roof of the net. Heydon was unlucky not to get a second when his superb shot was well saved by Kings Hill goalkeeper Sam Ribbens.

The second half saw Hawkinge almost take the lead after James Everitt set up Jake Holden but the defender’s curling goal bound strike was denied by a great save from Ribbens. Minutes later midfielder Harry Nunn was red carded after a late challenge on Daniel Melvin. The game turned at this point into the visitor’s favour and strikes from Ryan Blake and then a cracking shot by Gillman gave Kings Hill a comfortable cushion.

Hawkinge were denied a goal by the woodwork after Byrne was pulled back by Tommy Lee-Judd. The resultant free kick taken by Everitt hit the bar and then visitors piled on even more misery for Town when Jack Mayhew raced in from the left and fired a shot across the goalmouth and the ball curled into the net at the far post.

The goal of the game arrived courtesy of substitute Ryan Taylor who raced down the left wing and then unleashed an unstoppable shot. Kieran Byrne reduced the arrears even further when his close range header found the net via the post. With just a few minutes remaining Hawkinge went hell for leather for an equaliser but Kings Hill held out for a surprising victory.

Next up for Hawkinge Town is an away league fixture at basement side Hollands & Blair Reserves on Saturday. The game at Star Meadow Sports & Social Club, Gillingham kicks off at 2.45pm.

Hawkinge: Cook, Sinclair, Holden, Dickson, Winfield, Jackson, Nunn, Byrne Heydon, Hardwick, Everitt. Subs: Jones, Freeland, Taylor, Wilkins, Smith.

Hawkinge took to the field wearing their brand new Home strip sponsored by AW Rail

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