Hanwell Town let a two-goal lead slip to lose at the death against Poole Town

By Joe Acklam

28th Nov 2022 | Football

Hanwell Town relinquished a two-goal lead to extend their winless league run to seven. Photo: Hanwell Town.
Hanwell Town relinquished a two-goal lead to extend their winless league run to seven. Photo: Hanwell Town.

It was late heartbreak for Hanwell Town as a stoppage time goal from Poole Town extended their winless league run to seven as they lost 3-2. 

Mark Waters and Kweku Lucan gave the Geordies a two-goal lead in the first half, but Jamie Whisken pulled one back from a corner before the break. 

Tony Lee then missed a penalty for Poole, before Toby Holmes levelled the scores and then deep into stoppage time, he got his second to win it. 

Losing that two-goal lead means that it is now seven Southern League Premier games without a win for Hanwell and they slip into the bottom half of the table. 

Holmes could have given the hosts a very swift lead as a corner was cleared out to him and his cross deep to the back post came crashing off the crossbar, before dropping to safety. 

A defensive mix-up gave Hanwell the lead after eight minutes, a cross seemed easy to deal with for Whisken but he didn't put the ball behind and Lucan kept the ball in and cut it back to give Waters the simplest of tasks to slot home. 

One became two after 26 minutes as a quick counter saw the Geordies in down the right and a perfect low cross set up Lucan to finish beyond Luke Cairney. 

Hanwell may have had a two-goal lead, but Poole were carrying a big threat and they pulled one back before half-time as a corner was delivered to the near post and the captain Whisker rose highest in a cluster of bodies at the near post to score. 

Poole came close to levelling after the break as a fine cross came into Lee and he did well to rise and angle his header downwards, but the ball bounced up off the turf and struck the bar, and the rebound went over the top. 

Just after the hour mark it was a penalty for the Dolphins as Holmes ran in behind and was brought down Joshua Strizovic, Lee stepped up to take it but struck the bar again to let Hanwell off the hook. 

Fifteen minutes later Poole made up for the miss as Cameron Murray played a lovely pass between the Hanwell centre back and full back to pick out Holmes and he made no mistake with the finish. 

Then in stoppage time it was heartbreak for Hanwell as Cairney played a long ball forward from the back, a cross was delivered to the back post where Wes Fogden kept the play alive by playing the ball back across goal to the waiting Holmes to nod in from a yard out. 


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