FA Cup - First Round
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Whitehawk 5-3 Lincoln City

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FA Cup: Whitehawk 5-3 Lincoln City highlights

National League South side Whitehawk secured a place in the FA Cup second round for the first time as they beat Lincoln despite Matt Rhead's hat-trick.

Danny Mills put the hosts ahead and Jake Robinson made it 2-0, but Rhead scored a penalty after a foul by Mills.

Sam Deering curled in Hawks' third and Rhead hit Lincoln's second from close range but Dave Martin made it 4-2.

Rhead sealed his hat-trick but Deering made it 5-3 from the spot after he was fouled by Alan Power, who was sent off.

Whitehawk, who were making their first appearance in the FA Cup first round, began the tie 17 places below Lincoln, who are a league above them, in the football pyramid.

The hosts enjoyed a perfect start, breaking the deadlock in just five minutes as Deering's cross was met by Mills, who nodded home from close range.

Robinson ran into the Lincoln area unopposed and finished smartly for Whitehawk's second but the visitors struck back through Rhead's spot-kick on the stroke of half-time.

Whitehawk found themselves two goals ahead once more when Deering picked up the ball in midfield and drove into the box before curling home.

Lincoln fought back yet again when Whitehawk failed to clear and Rhead was on hand to power home and halve the hosts' advantage.

A frantic final 10 minutes followed, as Martin struck from the centre of the box to make it 4-2 but Rhead completed his hat-trick when he nodded home Greg Tempest's rebounded effort.

But the hosts sealed a place in the FA Cup second round as Power was sent off for a foul on Deering, who made no mistake from the spot.

Whitehawk boss Steve King told BBC Sussex:

"I am still shocked, not so much on winning the game, but just the emotion of the tie going from one way to another and then allowing them to get back into the game.

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Steve King: Whitehawk boss on win over Lincoln

"I don't think anyone can begrudge us on that victory.

"I've been around for 700 non-league matches and 12 years as a manager. That group of fans are amazing and that's from minute one and before the game.

"They're having a party and talking to them, they can't believe what's happening here.

"I said to the chairman 'a year ago this wasn't here'. We're going in the right direction and the fans got behind us like you wouldn't believe."

Line-ups

Whitehawk

  • 1RossBooked at 90mins
  • 2Arnold
  • 3Van Den BogaertSubstituted forSessegnonat 24'minutes
  • 4GottaBooked at 42mins
  • 5LeacockBooked at 16mins
  • 6Mendy
  • 9Robinson
  • 8TorresSubstituted forIjahaat 66'minutes
  • 11Martin
  • 7Deering
  • 10MillsBooked at 45minsSubstituted forNeilsonat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Stevens
  • 14Ijaha
  • 15Ngamvoulou
  • 16Rose
  • 17Neilson
  • 18Hawkins
  • 19Sessegnon

Lincoln City

  • 1Farman
  • 18BeeversBooked at 36mins
  • 26Howe
  • 5WaterfallBooked at 75mins
  • 6Bush
  • 7MuldoonSubstituted forHodgeat 79'minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 2WoodSubstituted forHearnat 58'minutes
  • 21Sparrow
  • 12HawkridgeSubstituted forTempestat 62'minutes
  • 8PowerBooked at 90mins
  • 9Rhead

Substitutes

  • 3Tempest
  • 4Stanley
  • 10Hearn
  • 13Grant
  • 15Everington
  • 17Hodge
Referee:
Constantine Hatzidakis
Attendance:
1,342

Match Stats

Home TeamWhitehawkAway TeamLincoln City
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home12
Away12
Shots on Target
Home7
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home16
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Whitehawk 5, Lincoln City 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Whitehawk 5, Lincoln City 3.

Goal!

Goal! Whitehawk 5, Lincoln City 3. Sam Deering (Whitehawk) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Dismissal

Alan Power (Lincoln City) is shown the red card.

Penalty Whitehawk. Sam Deering draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Alan Power (Lincoln City) after a foul in the penalty area.

Foul by Juan Cruz Gotta (Whitehawk).

Liam Hearn (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Alan Power (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Sam Deering (Whitehawk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alan Power (Lincoln City).

Goal!

Goal! Whitehawk 4, Lincoln City 3. Matt Rhead (Lincoln City) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Foul by David Ijaha (Whitehawk).

Alan Power (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Craig Ross (Whitehawk) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Liam Hearn (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Goal!

Goal! Whitehawk 4, Lincoln City 2. Dave Martin (Whitehawk) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Whitehawk. Scott Neilson replaces Danny Mills.

Booking

Elliot Hodge (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt saved. Liam Hearn (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Dean Leacock (Whitehawk) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Whitehawk. Conceded by Chris Bush.

Dave Martin (Whitehawk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Waterfall (Lincoln City).

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Elliot Hodge replaces Jack Muldoon.

Arnaud Mendy (Whitehawk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matt Rhead (Lincoln City).

Corner, Whitehawk. Conceded by Callum Howe.

Booking

Luke Waterfall (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Danny Mills (Whitehawk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Waterfall (Lincoln City).

Foul by Jake Robinson (Whitehawk).

Alan Power (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Danny Mills (Whitehawk) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Dean Leacock.

Attempt blocked. Liam Hearn (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Nick Arnold (Whitehawk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matt Sparrow (Lincoln City).

Substitution

Substitution, Whitehawk. David Ijaha replaces Sergio Torres because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Whitehawk 3, Lincoln City 2. Matt Rhead (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

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