New Hawks boss Lee Bradbury masterminded a 2-1 win at Basingstoke in his first match in charge but warned: It’s not time to get over excited.
Bradbury got his Hawks reign off to a winning start as his side came from behind to take the points at The Camrose Ground.
Tony Taggart and Ollie Palmer were on the mark, with victory lifting the Hawks out of the bottom three.
‘I am really pleased and couldn’t have wished for a better start or for anything more from the lads,’ said Bradbury.
‘The character we showed at the end when Basingstoke were going long was fantastic.
‘We defended for our lives and put bodies on the line.
‘It is only one win, though, and we are not getting too excited.
‘There is a lot still to be done and a long way to go yet.’
The Hawks struggled to get into the game in the opening 45 minutes and it was no surprise when Sam Delano-Yorke gave the home side a 26th-minute lead.
Hawks defender Ryan Woodford will be disappointed with the ease in which the home striker turned him on the edge of the area, before planting his shot past the diving Dan Thomas.
Bradbury recognised the first-half performance wasn’t good enough from his team.
He must have wondered what he had let himself in for at times, during a poor opening 45 minutes.
‘We started slowly and were not brave enough on the ball in the right areas,’ said Bradbury.
‘I wanted us to play the ball more through midfield but we lacked composure and didn’t do it well enough.
‘In the second half, though, the players believed in the system and themselves a lot more.’
It was a different story after the interval and, though the visitors rode their luck at times, they came away with a hard-fought three points.
Taggart smashed in a superb 51st-minute equaliser.
Suddenly the Hawks grew in confidence and this was rewarded, 12 minutes from time, with the winning goal.
Christian Nanetti burst forward, with terrific pace from inside his own half and picked out substitute Ryan Moss through the right-hand channel.
With the home defence desperately trying to get back, Moss squared the ball for leading-scorer Palmer to bag his eighth goal of the season.
Bradbury reckons the future is bright for the current crop of players at Westleigh Park.
He added: ‘These players can achieve a lot more than they have already and, whatever that may be, we will see,’ said Bradbury.
‘If we can produce this level of performance over 90 minutes then we should be at the right end of the table.
‘This is no more than a positive start and we must look to put a consistent run together.’
HAWKS: Thomas 7; Newton 7, Ryan 7, Hutchinson 7, Harris 7, Woodford 6, Taggart 7 (Moss 74mins), Bailey 6 (Hinshelwood 66mins – 6), Palmer 8 (Jones 86mins), Ramsey 6, Nanetti 7