A fantastic away win at Whitehawk where the boys showed great character to come back after a shaky start . Whitehawk came out of the blocks quickly and spread the ball all around the park in the opening exchanges and looked a really good footballing side. After only 9 mins a break down the right saw a rash challenge from Kirby resulting in a penalty award. Pajetat in the Boro goal again repeated his usual heroics from the spot however after a super save the ball fell kindly back to the taker Fraser who headed home.
Boro were struggling to keep possession and the Hawks threatened to double their lead. With the impressive Aresti and Staunton wrestling control in the middle of the pitch Boro began to get a foothold into the game. Chances were created and a strike from Akinwande forced a save from Minter and shortly thereafter the keeper earned his corn with a magnificent double save first from Mckenzie and then Nouble as the pressure began to tell. Boro forced a number of corners and Olufemi and O’donoghue from full back began to press on both flanks . Minter again coming to the fore however he was at fault when in the 41st minute he needlessly jumped all over Lionel Stone and the referee had no hesitation in awarding Boro a penalty. Nouble sent Minter the wrong way to equalise and only 4 minutes later another penalty was awarded when O’donoghue was felled by Goode and Nouble once again dispatched the spot kick to give Boro a 2-1 halftime lead.
The second half began with Boro playing some neat possession football taking the sting out of the game content to preserve their one goal advantage and the young Hawks side found it difficult to make any inroads. Nouble effectively finished the game off on 65 minutes with a contender for goal of the weekend as he made his way down the right wing , cut inside two players, burst into the penalty area and calmly curled the ball around Minter and into the far corner. The Hawks created pressure as Boro retreated forcing one fine save from Pajetat however Kirby and Richards in the centre repelled everything thrown at them to see the game out .
Credit the Hawks fans for a fantastic atmosphere throughout , some hilarious songs and all in a good cause as they helped raise support and funds for those affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy and entertained the kids who have suffered as a result. Boro were pleased to play their part and support Justice for Grenfell.
Boro line up:
Pajetat, Olufemi,O’donoghue,Stone,Kirby,Richards,Mckenzie ( Sambu 70) Aresti ( Barker 70) Akinwande ( Ademiluyi 75) Staunton, Nouble
Unused Subs Byfield ,Mitchell