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Hawkinge Town extend their lead in promotion clash

Contributed by editor on Feb 13, 2017 - 11:55 AM

 

Kings Hill 1-2 Hawkinge Town
Kent County League Division One Central & East
Saturday 11th February 2017
Report by Grant Wilbur


 


Following a rest after last week's match against New Romney was postponed, Hawkinge Town travelled to West Malling to face fellow promotion hopefuls Kings Hill and extended their top of the table lead to four points after coming away with a comfortable victory.

 

Two cracking strikes by Darren Winfield and Cade Mortimer gave the visitors a two goal half time lead. The home side rallied late in the second half and their efforts were rewarded when Kane Rice converted a penalty however, Hawkinge held out for the victory and three points.

On a cold and dank afternoon the two sides looked fairly evenly matched but midway through the first half a 40 yard shot by Darren Winfield (left) gave Kings Hill goalkeeper Sam Ribbins no chance.

 

The play continued end to end with both sides creating chances. For the visitors Wesley Blaskett-Ford, Toby Heydon and Cade Mortimer all had chances and for the home side Richard Sinden often threatened and at one point actually got the ball into the net but the referee ruled the veteran striker offside.

 

Town’s Daley Sinclair was lucky to receive a yellow and not a red card for his late challenge on Craig Moncrief who had to leave the field of play due to injury.

With the first half nearing an end Cade Mortimer (left) received the ball out on the right amidst shouts for handball but the young forward played to the whistle, raced down on the Kings Hill goal and fired an unstoppable shot past Ribbins.

The second half saw Hawkinge continually press forward looking for a third goal. A Damian Abel long range shot went inches wide and Heydon forced a save from Ribbins. Hawkinge had a penalty shout denied by the referee Daniel Barham when Mortimer looked to have been brought down by Ribbins.

Kings Hill rallied in the last few minutes of the game and were awarded a penalty after Tommy-Lee Judd was brought down. Kane Rice slotted the spot kick in to the net but it was all too late. As the final whistled sounded it was Hawkinge who took the spoils.

Hawkinge turned in a very workman like performance, defended stoutly and worked hard as a team. They never really looked like losing to opposition who sit in third place in the league table.

 

Despite having a four point cushion at the top Hawkinge still have to play second placed New Romney home and away plus lurking in fifth place is East Kent College who can leapfrog Town should they win all three of their games in hand.

Next up is a tricky looking home fixture against Sutton Athletic Reserves who in their last match defeated Rolvenden away 3-1. The match at the Hawkinge Trust Football and Sports Pitches kicks off at 2.45pm.

 



Hawkinge: Humphrey, Sinclair, Byrne, Bullard, Woodbury, D. Winfield, Nunn, Heydon, Blaskett-Foord, Abel, Mortimer. Subs: Miles, O’Grady, Weir-Sommerville.

 

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