Danny Mills scored twice to see Whitehawk run out comfortable winners against Horsham in their latest pre-season friendly.
Mills struck twice in eight first half minutes as Pablo Asensio’s side ran out 2-0 winners at the Enclosed Ground.
Similar to all their pre-season matches so far, the Hawks boss fielded a different side in both halves, with the exception of a few players as he looks to give game time to his squad ahead of the new season.
The Hawks started well, enjoying plenty of possession against last season’s Southern Combination League champions, before they went ahead 11 minutes in.
The impressive Gabriel Yan bombed forward from left back to deliver a good cross to pick out Mills at the far post, and the striker made no mistake from inside the area – despite the efforts of Charlie Farmer on the line.
Yan then almost doubled the hosts’ lead moments later. Sergio Torres picked out the full back down the left, and after his first touch put him through on goal, his second saw his low effort saved well by the feet of James Shaw in the Horsham goal.
Shaw again prevented a second goal when he dived across well to turn Yan’s goalbound free-kick around the post, before the Hawks added a second.
Ahmed Abdulla was played through from midfield and one on one with the keeper, squared the ball across to Mills who had a simple finish.
However, it wasn’t all one way traffic, as Horsham came close to halving the deficit before the break. A quick free kick saw Darren Boswell in down the left, and his pin-point cross picked out Charlie Pitcher on the edge of the area, but the striker’s low volley went just past the post.
Mills almost completed a hat-trick before he was taken off at the break. After bringing down Rodrigo Mann’s cross from the right, he turned well before his volley from 12 yards narrowly went the wrong side of the post.
The Hawks rung the changes at the interval, with little goalmouth activity throughout the second forty-five.
One of few highlights for either team came with just under twenty minutes to play. Marcos Ribeiro did well down the left flank, and his ball in picked out Jose Mauricio Guzzi, but his first time effort went just over the bar.
Despite only scoring twice against their Ryman South opponents, there will be plenty for Asensio to take from this latest work out ahead of the Hawks’ next match against a Brighton & Hove Albion XI on Wednesday night.
With now less than two weeks until the National League South season opener at Weston-super-Mare, Whitehawk will be looking to continue building on and off the pitch.
Pictures by David Hunt