Strevens: We Have to Turn Things Around

Joint-manager Ben Strevens is hoping to turn things around after watching Whitehawk surrender a two-goal lead at home to Gosport Borough.

Chris Flood scored in the fourth minute of stoppage time to earn the visitors a point at the Enclosed Ground in an eight-goal thriller.

In truth, the draw will feel like a defeat for the Hawks, who missed a penalty to go 5-3 up with just two minutes of normal time to go.

After going behind, the Hawks drew level with a Mike West thunderbolt before Ahmed Abdulla put the hosts ahead early in the second period.

However, Gosport drew level through Warren Bentley, only for the Hawks to regain the lead through Glen Southam’s low drive.

Paul Reid then headed the Hawks into a 4-2 lead, before Ben Wright’s second goal of the game put Boro back in contention.

However, Strevens himself then saw a penalty saved, before Southam then saw red for a second bookable offence late on as Boro earned a share of spoils late on.

Strevens, who with Alan Payne has taken the reins on an interim basis, said after the match: “It was certainly a frustrating game.

“I thought we started poorly, but were definitely the better side for the last 20/25 minutes of the first half and I think we should have gone into half time ahead.

“However, we were confident shooting down the slope and with the wind that we would go on and win the game.

“Any game you are 4-2 up in you should go on and win whether you are home or away, and obviously missing the penalty as well was disappointing.

“It is definitely mixed emotions as we are pleased with the effort we put in but obviously disappointed we didn’t see the game out.

It was certainly a shock to see the Hawks concede four against their opponents, with Gosport scoring from all their shots on target.

That came after a great defensive display at St. Albans in the FA Trophy, with the Hawks keeping a clean sheet against one of the highest scoring teams in the country.

Strevens added: “You go from a game where we keep a clean sheet against the highest scorers in the league to conceding four at home.

“Unfortunately that’s how it is at the moment.

“We have to turn things around and do a little bit of work defensively. At the moment we are taking care of ourselves going forward, but we need to work when we don’t have the ball and how to manage the game.”