Mid-table Stones have somehow lost their way this season and that this was
shown on an evening when they were pitted against a Hawks side equally bereft
of goalscoring ideas and the apparent inability to string more than three
consecutive passes together without loss of possession.
Effort was certainly not lacking from either side but shorn of their top
goalscorer, the Stones have, for the time being at least, taken a step
backwards in order to find a new way forward following several heavy defeats.
Two consecutive draws could be construed as a start on which to re-build
the season but it is plainly hard going at present.
The home side made a bright start with Josh Walker making a decent run at
goal and then a free kick - won by fellow loanee Joe White – was easily
collected by Hawks `keeper Tom Stewart.
The visitors then made a foray forward and a chance for Chris Scales was
charged down by Stones improving defence with Tom Hamblin and David Hunt forming
a good partnership centrally.
Whitehawk’s previously dangerous striker Danny Mills did present what
little threat his side possessed and he went close on 19 minutes.
But play then became increasingly insipid from both sides with creative
play from the midfield areas at a premium.
Stones best effort came when Ricky Wellard volleyed just wide of the
upright a few minutes before the break.
The home side tried hard to up the tempo early doors of the second period
but this fizzled out and was disappointing fare for the crowd of 651.
The point apiece sees the Stones remain in thirteenth spot, while the Hawks
remain third-bottom, but now only a point behind fourth-bottom Gosport Borough.
(Nick Du Gard)