Date Posted: 12/01/2020
Guernsey’s late surge wasn’t enough as they were beaten 2-1 by Whitehawk at Footes Lane on Sunday afternoon.
A lively traveling support pushed the attendance to over 1,000 for the second time this season and they witnessed an entertaining game, but the Green Lions were unable to convert any of their numerous chances in the first half, and a rare goal from Tom Strawbridge late on was only consolation.
But his first contribution was a defensive one as he made a timely challenge to deflect Lucas Santos Rodrigues’ shot from the edge of the area over the bar on six minutes. Five minutes later, Callum Stanton got down to his right to turn away as Henry Muggeridge collected from Rodrigues after a neat move and shot low across goal.
After being on the backfoot early on, the Sarnians then started to find joy in attack. Countering from Stanton’s save, the ball was switched to Liam Mahon, who drove towards the box and forced James Broadbent to throw out an arm and beat away the rising drive. The resulting corner was half cleared, with Carlos Canha then slipping Charlton Gauvain through one on one, but Broadbent made himself big to make the save.
Ross Allen then forced another parry from Broadbent, who tipped his free-kick over the bar.
A minute later, the visitors got themselves in front. Rodrigues managed to keep the ball away from Strawbridge and tee up Muggeridge for a shot from the edge of the area. The effort cracked against the foot of Stanton’s right-hand post and bounced across the six-yard box, and Ahmed Abdulla reacted quickest to turn in the rebound.
Guernsey kept at it, though, with Liam Mahon and Matt Loaring combining to feed Allen, whose effort spun into Broadbent’s grasp.
Frank Tobin then drove down the right and picked out Allen in the near post. The number 10 was kept at bay, but the loose ball looped to Loaring, who got power into his shot but saw it deflected just over.
Muggeridge fired a free-kick a foot over after Rodrigues skipped past several challenges as was brought down.
Allen then returned the favour for Loaring, setting him up along the edge of the area, but the latter’s effort was always rising and Broadbent watched it fly over.
Whitehawk should have doubled their lead shortly before the break after Rodrigues went to ground but got back up again quickly to tee up Rhyle Ovenden, who should have buried it but somehow drilled wide.
The Green Lions couldn’t keep up the same relentlessness in the second half and the Hawks began to get on top. Jamie Dodd’s timely challenge prevented Muggeridge finishing from the angle after he had been played in by Ovenden. Lewis Unwin headed over from the resulting corner.
Perhaps Guernsey’s most clear-cut chance of the game came as the half approached the midway point. Loaring poked a pass though for Canha, whose first touch was brilliant to take him in on goal. The chance from six yards was begging to be finished, but he instead chose to try and tee up Allen to his right and only served to scuff the pass straight at Broadbent.
Guernsey were to regret it as they fell two behind within 10 minutes. Muggeridge and Rodrigues had both already dragged just wide of either post respectively from acute angles and substitute Tom De La Mare scuffed wide with his left foot from 25 yards. Then on 72 minutes, Rodrigues bundled through the defence and picked out the far corner across Stanton from the angle.
It looked to be game over and the Hawks looked to add to their tally as Stanton fielded a David Martin free-kick.
But Guernsey looked to go more direct in search of a way back into the game. Allen peeled off to meet a corner but saw his shot blocked, while Liam Mahon almost caught out Broadbent by opting to shoot at the top corner from a free-kick rather than cross.
Mahon delivered the resulting corner himself, high towards the far post where Strawbridge met it and headed home to give his side hope, his third goal for the club and first since December 2014.
Unfortunately, despite nine minutes of stoppage time due to several lengthy injuries, GFC couldn’t muster any further clear-cut chances except for substitute Robbie Legg cutting into the box and slipping as he shot, with the ball bobbling into Broadbent.
Guernsey drop to 11th in Isthmian South East as a result with the weekend’s other results as follows: Ashford United 2-0 Faversham Town, Chichester City 1-1 Whitstable Town, Hastings United 3-0 Ramsgate, Haywards Heath Town 3-1 Cray Valley PM, Herne Bay 0-1 Burgess Hill Town, Hythe Town 2-1 East Grinstead Town, Sevenoaks Town 1-0 Phoenix Sports, Sittingbourne 1-0 Three Bridges, VCD Athletic 2-1 Whyteleafe.
Guernsey: Callum Stanton, Frank Tobin, Jamie Dodd (c), Harry Tobin, Tom Strawbridge, Kieran Mahon, Liam Mahon, Carlos Canha (Robbie Legg 74’), Charlton Gauvain (Tom De La Mare 62’), Ross Allen, Matt Loaring (Keanu Marsh 72’). Not used: Tyler McKane, Angus Mackay.
Goal: Strawbridge 87’.
Whitehawk: James Broadbent, Fintan Walsh, Charles Banya, Lewis Unwin (Duane Ofore-Acheampong 79’), Matias Torres, Marvin Hamilton-Omole, Lucas Santos Rodrigues, Ahmed Abdulla, Rhyle Ovenden, Henry Muggeridge (Connor Tighe 78’). Not used: Mohamed Joumaa Zabadnem Demas Ramsis, Jonathan Elwood.
Goals: Abdulla 20’; Rodrigues 72’. Booked: Ovenden, Rodrigues.
Highlights will be uploaded to GFCTV soon, while the full 90-minute playback is already available.