Hawkenbury Fc v West Kingsdown FC – Saturday April 10th 2021 – Hawkenbury Recreation Ground

The slope at Hawkingbury

This Sevenoaks and District Football League match was played on a wet and windy Saturday afternoon. As the game began the tables showed that West Kingsdown were 3rd in the Premier Division, with Hawkenbury back in 6th. West Kingsdown play in red and black vertical stripes and black shorts, with Hawkenbury in gold shirts and black shorts.

Image of the league table – courtesy of the FA.com site.
One of many midfield tussles.

The game started well with Hawkenbury’s number 9 missing a clear chance to secure an opener, with a chance hit wide from six yards, in front of an open goal.

In heavier and heavier rain and winds, the teams spent much of the match battling in the midfield area with chances few and far between.

Action from a Hawkenbury first half corner.

West Kingsdown made most of the first half slope when they won and converted a penalty on 43 minutes.

West Kingsdown take the lead.
West Kingsdown’s half time team talk
Hawkenbury’s half time team talk

The second half saw chances at both ends with Hawkenbury pushing constantly for a goal and West Kingsdown controlling play, wherever possible and using the more frenetic push forward from Hawkenbury, to launch counter attacks.

A good save.
Hawkenbury push for an equaliser as West Kingsdown clear from the line.

The Hawkenbury keeper made some point blank saves as his defence was left exposed as they threw everything at the West Kingsdown goal.

Hawkenbury attack.
The game was unexpectedly interrupted midway through the second half, by the arrival of the air ambulance which arrived for an emergency on the adjacent hockey pitch.
Aerial dual.

At the final whistle the West Kingsdown players celebrated a hard fought and well earned 0-1 away victory. Hawkenbury played well but left frustrated by an inability to finish today.

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