Havant & Waterlooville denied Pablo Asensio a winning start as Whitehawk manager following an 89th minute equaliser by Scott Donnelly in a game dominated by the defences of both sides.
Both sides started the game brightly, with Jake Robinson having the best of the chances of the first half after hitting the bar for Whitehawk 6 minutes in. The Hawks from Sussex continued to threaten The Hawks from Hampshire by looking dangerous on the counter attack, with David Martin and Nick Arnold making great runs down both wings.
As the game progressed, the pitch condition worsened but neither team slipped up as such with both defences holding firm. However, the deadlock was broken in the 68th minute as Havant’s Josh Hill hit a poor back pass to goalkeeper Ryan Young, who then chested the ball into the path of a waiting Jake Robinson, who coolly slotted home to give Whitehawk a 1-0 lead.
With time running out, Havant increased the pressure on Whitehawk, forcing the home side into making some brave challenges, but they finally broke through in the 89th minute after some poor defending by Whitehawk let in Scott Donnelly, who struck the ball past a helpless Craig Ross in The Hawks’ goal.
Havant, spurred on by the equaliser, surged forward in the hope of grabbing a winning goal, but won’t be disappointed in earning a late point to boost their hopes of survival in the National League South.
Whitehawk: Ross, Arnold, Rose (Sessegnon 33), Ijaha, Gotta, Leacock, West (Mills 45), Torres ©, Robinson, Morias, Martin – Subs: Sessegnon, Lorraine, Mills
Havant: Young, Strugnell, Medway, Stock ©, Molyneaux, Hill, Swallow, Donnelly, Mullings, Ciardini (Paterson 79), Lewis – Subs: Paterson, Hayter, Thomson, Blanchett, Cain
Man of the Match – Sergio Torres (Whitehawk)
Attendance – 308