The FA Cup first round match between Whitehawk FC and Stourbridge ended in strange circumstances as the tie concluded at 1-1.
Substitute Javier Favarel scored a brilliant 25-yard volley in the dying seconds of the game and, as the players and the staff of the Hawks celebrated joyously assuming to have clinched the match, the referee ruled it out much to their dismay.
Stourbridge players were pressed by their opposition in their own half and had to defend desperately trying to avoid a defeat. The chance came in the penultimate minute for the home side but the match official stood by his decision that the whistle had blown before the ball went into the net.
Whitehawk took the lead in the 12th minute courtesy of a spectacular right-footed shot from outside the box by Glen Southam assisted by Jack Masteron.
Although the first half concluded with the Sussex-based club leading, Stourbridge went into the offensive from the start of the second-half.
Their efforts ultimately paid off as centre-back Dan Scarr equalised in the 52nd minute.
Then came the controversy.
As soon as the crowd at The Enclosed Ground witnessed the strike from Favarel, referee Robert Whitton denied the goal claiming it went in after the whistle was blown, much to the surprise of the spectators present at the venue.
The players of Whitehawk FC incessantly challenged the decision which led to goalkeeper Ross Flitney being shown a red card for his protestations.
Shortly after the ending of the match, the Hawks' manager Richard Hill was quoted by The Sun saying: “I just said to the ref why don’t you just wait two seconds, but times up so he had to blow the whistle.”
The National League South side now have to travel to West Midlands for the replay that will take place on Monday, November 14.
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