Craig: Hawks will be flying again soon

Craig Braham-Barrett. Picture: Dave Haines
Craig Braham-Barrett. Picture: Dave Haines
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winger Craig Braham-Barrett is convinced the Hawks can take off in the second half of the season and push for a place in the play-offs.

It has been a disappointing first four months to the season for the team and player, but Braham-Barrett predicts that will change.

The youngster has promised much at times with his pace but not quite delivered, and in recent weeks has been frustrated by an ankle injury.

The Hawks are desperate to get him fit again in time for the crucial Christmas period when they go head-to-head with local rivals Eastleigh in two consecutive games.

Manager Shaun Gale knows his pace can be devastating and help provide more opportunities for the strikers who have struggled of late.

Braham-Barrett is desperate to get back into the action, admitting he doesn’t find sitting in the stand watching easy.

‘It has been devastating and I’ve never had an injury like this,’ said Braham-Barrett.

‘I didn’t think I would need so much rehab and it has proved hard to get over.

‘It happened at Eastbourne where I felt good for the first 10 minutes but then I got smashed and couldn’t continue playing on it after that.

‘I tried to come back against Weymouth in the FA Trophy but it was too early and it felt even worse.

‘Hopefully, I haven’t set myself back and, with a rest, I can be fit and raring to go in the Tonbridge game.’

Braham-Barrett spent five years as a youngster with Charlton Athletic and had spells with Eastleigh and East Thurrock before joining Welling United in May 2008.

In October 2008, Peterborough United paid the Wings £10,000 for his services but he moved to Grays Athletic from the Posh the following summer without making an appearance.

Braham-Barrett moved from Grays to Farnborough in January 2010 and played 67 games for the side in all, including 44 last season as Boro pushed for promotion.

He left Farnborough in the summer as the side prepared to go full-time, signing for the Hawks in June.

The Hawks have failed to pick up any momentum in the opening months of the season and find themselves languishing in 15th place.

Braham-Barrett admits it has been disappointing.

But he is determined to play his part in changing the Hawks’ fortunes.

‘At one stage I thought we had turned things around,’ he said.

‘But then we lost players like Wes Fogden and Chris Arthur, which messed up our shape a bit.

‘Injuries haven’t helped but once we get all our players back we should be alright.

‘Going out of the FA Trophy was a big blow for us but full credit to Weymouth in what was a bad week for us.

‘If we had taken our chances early on in both games, though, it would have been different.

‘I am sure we will be flying in the second half of the season because there is still so much more to come from us.

‘I went through a spell when I showed people what I can do but little injuries have upset my season.

‘There’s lots more to come from me.’

n The Hawks’ friendly clash against AFC Wimbledon has been postponed until the new year.

The League Two side were due to visit Westleigh Park this evening, but the match has been put back due to concerns over the weather forecast.