Angry Gale could throw kids in after poor show

Shaun Gale
Shaun Gale
Theo Lewis scored for the Hawks in the 38th minute at Wealdstone. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Good show on the road as Hawks impress to beat Wealdstone

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The Hawks suffered a disappointing 2-1 Blue Square South defeat at the hands of Hampton & Richmond Borough at West Leigh Park last night.

Goals from Hampton & Richmond striker Laurence Yaku, either side of half-time, sealed the Hawks’ fate.

Substitute Bobby Scott pulled one back at the death but it wasn’t enough.

Hawks boss Shaun Gale said: ‘We showed the same old failings in front of goal.

‘The opposition were direct and scored two goals from it.

‘For me, we seemed very flat and some of them looked as though they were ready to go off on their holidays.

‘That’s not acceptable and I won’t have it.

‘If it means having to throw the kids in then so be it.

‘We played some good football times but we had no cutting edge.’

The Hawks made four changes to the side that lost 1-0 at Boreham Wood.

Nathan Ashmore and Jon McDonald replaced injured duo Aaron Howe and Sam Pearce, with the latter only fit enough to be a substitute.

James Tyrrell and Mustafa Tiryaki came in at the expense of Sammy Igoe and Guiseppe Sole, who were both dropped to the bench.

Wes Fogden had an early shot blocked on the edge of the area and Steve Ramsey drilled the rebound over.

At the other end, Ashmore had to rush out of his area to head away from Yaku after the Hawks were caught out by a long ball.

Manny Williams and Tiryaki combined superbly to open up the visitors and were only denied by last-ditch defending.

It was a real contrast of styles with Hawks’ neat build up play and the visitors’ more direct approach.

A typical long clearance from keeper Matt Lovett caused problems and Ashmore had to punch the ball away from danger.

On 25 minutes, the home side squandered a glorious chance when Williams played in Ramsey but he blazed over from eight yards.

The Hawks were to pay dearly as the visitors took a 36th minute lead.

Another long ball put Yaku away and he outpaced Tyrrell before firing past Ashmore.

The Hawks fell further behind seven minutes into the second half.

Yaku easily ran clear to roll the ball past Ashmore into the net.

Manager Shaun Gale introduced Sole for Williams and the Hawks pressed but found it impossible to unlock the well-organised visitors defence.

on 70 minutes, the Hawks made two quick changes, replacing Hinshelwood and Selley with Igoe and Bobby Scott.

A minute from time Scott headed in Ramsey’s cross to give the Hawks a lifeline.

But it was to no avail as Hampton & Richmond held on.

Hawks: Ashmore; Newton, McDonald, Selley, Tyrrell, Simpemba, Fogden, Hinshelwood, Williams, Tiryaki, Ramsey. Subs: Sole, Igoe, Scott, Sewell, Pearce.

Hampton & Richmond: Lovett; Collier, Mota, Jeffery, Inman, Wells, Johnson, Tarpey, Moone, Yaku, Matthews. Subs: Yarnie, Rochester, Ellams, Talbot, Stone.