Hawks striker sets sights on goal spree

Hawks striker Shamir Mullings    Picture: Paul Jacobs
Hawks striker Shamir Mullings Picture: Paul Jacobs
Hawks boss Lee Bradbury. Picture: Habibur Rahman (170972-31)

Bradbury hails his steely Hawks

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Young Hawks striker Shamir Mullings is determined to make the grade at Westleigh Park.

The 22-year-old forward notched his first senior goal of the season in Saturday’s impressive 2-1 FA Trophy win over Welling United.

But hopes of adding to his tally were thwarted by the weather when last night’s Hampshire Senior Cup quarter-final tie at AFC Portchester was postponed.

The referee called the game off 45 minutes before kick-off because of a strip of frozen ground along the touchline in front of the clubhouse

With fellow striker Matt Paterson struggling to score, though, it looks as though Mullings could be given a chance to make his mark in the side.

He was handed just a third league start of the season a fortnight ago at Hemel Hempstead.

The Hawks lost 2-0 and Mullings missed a couple of glorious scoring chances.

Manager Lee Bradbury, however, kept faith with his hard-working striker and Mullings repaid him with the winning goal against Welling.

And the youngster is keen to build on this with more goals.

‘It is all about taking opportunities when they come along and I am determined to grab the chance with both hands,’ said Mullings.

‘At times it hasn’t been easy not being in the team but in training I have kept working as hard as I can, both on and off the pitch.

‘The goal against Welling means a lot to me and I feel the hard work I have put in is starting to pay off.

‘It will boost my confidence in front of goal and hopefully there will be a lot more to come in the future.

‘The gaffer has just told me to keep working as hard as I can and see where it takes me.’

There is no doubting the commitment and work-rate from Mullings both in attack and going back to help in defence.

Now he needs to become far more clinical in front of goal.

The player is aware of that and is set on improving that area of his game.

Mullings started his career at Southend United in 2012 spending time on loan at Thurrock, Tilbury and Harlow Town.

In June 2013 he signed for Bromley and joined the Hawks a year later after being released by the Kent club.

Last season he scored nine goals from 14 starts and 33 substitute appearances

Meanwhile, Petersfield Town’s hunt for silverware was stalled when their Russell-Cotes Cup trip to Christchurch also fell victim to a frozen pitch.

The Rams were hoping to book their place in the quarter finals of the county competition by seeing off the challenge of their Wessex League division one opponents.