Kenny kills off the Hawks in the end

The Non-League Football Paper - - BOSTIK LEAGUE PREMIER - By Chris Pullen

A GOAL ten min­utes from time by Kenny Beaney fi­nally ended White­hawk’s stub­born re­sis­tance, but for 80 min­utes, the Moat­siders did ev­ery­thing but score.

In a first half played in tor­ren­tial rain, White­hawk had keeper Melvin Minter to thank for keep­ing ram­pant Mer­stham at bay.

When Minter was beaten, the wood­work came to the res­cue. Kenny Beaney was un­lucky when his shot struck the in­side of the post, rolled along the goal line and out of play.

A few min­utes later, Mer­stham hit the post again, with Si­mon Cooper the un­lucky man this time. Minter made a string of good saves as shots pep­pered his goal. Seven min­utes be­fore the break, the Moat­siders had a goal by Davies con­tro­ver­sially dis­al­lowed. The ref­eree orig­i­nally gave the goal, but, per­suaded by the White­hawk play­ers, then went to talk to his as­sis­tant be­fore fi­nally giv­ing White­hawk a free kick for ap­par­ent hand­ball.

The sec­ond half con­tin­ued in sim­i­lar vein, but just when it looked like White­hawk might grab an un­likely point, a short cor­ner be­tween Beaney and Ker­shaney Sa­muels, freed Beaney and he found the net with a clever near post fin­ish to give Mer­stham the win they de­served and break White­hawk’s brave spirit.

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