HERE’S the moment Lewis Hawkins came within a gnat’s fingernail of snatching Hartlepool United a priceless point.
Stoppage time was almost up in yesterday’s exciting League Two showdown with Southend United at a misty Victoria Park, when Pools won a corner at the Rink End.
If we’d have got one, we’d have gone on to get two or threeLEWIS HAWKINS
With keeper Scott Flinders up from his own box to put the pressure on Southend, the promotion-chasers could not clear their lines.
The ball fell to Hawkins just inside the six-yard box who showed great technique to connect with an overhead kick which went agonisingly wide of Dan Bentley’s right-hand upright.
Had it gone in, it would have been a goal of the season contender and taken Pools another step towards safety.
“A few of the lads behind me said it was inches away, I couldn’t see because I was on my back,” said Hawkins.
“When I hit it I thought it was [going in] but when I turned around I saw it had gone past the post.”
There was mixed emotions for the 21-year-old – frustration he could not get Pools a deserved leveller but personal satisfaction at a good game.
He came on for Brad Walker just before the hour as boss Ronnie Moore looked to freshen up his side.
Hawkins did just that and he hopes he may be in contention for a start for the six-pointer at York City.
“I hope I’ve caught the gaffer’s eye and I might get a start on Saturday,” said the midfielder. “I enjoyed the game when I came on.
“I made an impact which was good, I saw a lot of the ball and was lively.
“I thought the last 25 minutes we were on top and we had the chances to get a goal.
“We created a lot of chances, we just needed to finish one.
“I believe if we’d have got one, we’d have gone on to get two or three.
“When we got in the dressing room, it was good to hear the other results had gone our way.
“We did our best [against Southend] and played really well.
“We’ve got to go to York and try to get the three points.”
Hawkins near-miss was not the only frustration for Pools.
They were upset by a soft goal in the 53rd minute through Will Atkinson while 12 minutes later Dan Jones smashed a shot which came back down off the crossbar and was hacked to safety.
It was not quite a ‘Geoff Hurst’ moment as Hawkins was honest enough to explain.
“It wasn’t over the line but very close,” said the Middlesbrough lad, who thanked trhe fans for their amazing support.
“It was a disappointing goal to concede, very scrappy,
“The crowd were quality, they stayed right to the end and they got right behind us all the way.”