Aymes: We’ll put things right

Christian Nanetti is back in the frame for the Hawks. Picture: Dave Haines
Christian Nanetti is back in the frame for the Hawks. Picture: Dave Haines
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Adi Aymes has called for his Hawks to show their passion as they travel to AFC Hornchurch in the Blue Square Bet South (3pm).

The caretaker boss helped the Westleigh Park outfit to a valuable point at Bromley last week.

And he wants more of the same from tomorrow’s trip to Essex.

Aymes, a former Hampshire cricketer, was delighted with the players’ response after the sacking of manager Stuart Ritchie.

The Westleigh Park club are expected to announce a new boss in the next few days.

But, in the meantime, Aymes will continue to work hard for the Hawks’ cause.

He said: ‘I couldn’t fault the players’ work-rate and attitude at Bromley.

‘We went about business in the correct manner, got the ball down and passed it well.

‘This group of players know they have under-achieved and can do a lot better.

‘They have shown they can work hard for each other but, more than that, they are good players who want to put things right.

‘I am a great believer that hard work brings results.’

Aymes showed at Bromley he is not afraid to act if things are not right.

In a bold move, he dropped captain Sam Page to the bench and replaced him with Ryan Woodford, who has hardly featured this term.

Woodford was also given the armband and the gamble paid off handsomely.

He was outstanding in the heart of the defence as they snatched a draw.

Aymes also scratched Christian Nanetti from the Hawks teamsheet when he arrived at the ground late.

The Italian-born winger, who was banished to the stands, has been subject to two bids from Blue Square Bet Premier outfit Macclesfield Town.

But he has trained with the Hawks this week and is available to return.

Aymes has every confidence his team can continue to show their resilience away from home and continue their bid to climb out of the drop zone.

‘Results this season have shown everyone is capable of beating anyone in this league,’ said Aymes.

‘I’ve never been a great loser.

‘After last week the players have been told if they can show the same effort, passion and fight for the rest of the season they will soon climb the table.’

Full-back Chris Arthur remains sidelined with a knee injury and loanee midfielder Aaron Dawson has returned to parent club Exeter City.

Jordan Roberts, who is on loan from Aldershot, made a cameo appearance as substitute last week.

He can expect to play a more prominent role tomorrow.

If the Hawks can rediscover their killer instinct in front of goal they might just surprise their Essex hosts, who have won just one of five home games so far this season.

The visitors can leapfrog the home side if they pick up a first away win.

Hawks: Masters, Newton, Harris, Woodford, Ryan, Hutchinson, Bailey, Roberts, Ramsey, Taggart, Palmer, Jones, Page, Nanetti, Moss, Kabba, Pearce