Gale admits Hawks must improve after Lewes loss

Ian Selley scored for Hawks at Lewes.  Picture: Dave Haines
Ian Selley scored for Hawks at Lewes. Picture: Dave Haines
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HAWKS boss Shaun Gale conceded his side are failing to deliver after they lost 2-1 to Blue Square South strugglers Lewes at the Dripping Pan.

The defeat leaves the Hawks 15 points adrift of the play-offs and just eight points ahead of the relegation zone.

‘We are not good enough at the moment and have to do better,’ said Gale.

‘At times we play some nice football but we are letting ourselves down in both penalty areas.

‘We are not taking our chances at one end and at the same time conceding poor goals at the other.

‘Until we let in a poor goal in the second half, I thought we were in control.

‘That goal gave Lewes something to hang onto and their second goal then killed us.

‘Again two set-pieces have undone us and we can’t keep missing chances.

‘We had some unbelievable chances again and if we had scored first we would have gone on to win it comfortably.

‘It is massively frustrating. We have to do better.’

The first half was as dreary as the weather closing in over the Downs with chances few and far between.

The Hawks’ best opportunity came on 16 minutes when skipper Ian Simpemba headed Ian Selley’s free-kick back into the danger area but Manny Williams failed to get a touch two yards out.

Williams has struggled for form in front of goal and again his lack of confidence showed.

At the start of the second half the visitors took control and until the 67th minute there only looked one winner.

The turning point came after Leon Cashman was booked for a foul midway inside the Hawks half.

The excellent Jermaine Wright delivered a superb free-kick and Chris Breach glanced his header beyond Nathan Ashmore in goal and into the net via the inside of the post.

That gave Lewes all the belief they needed.

On 74 minutes the Hawks were slow to react to a quickly taken free-kick and David Wheeler buried his shot into the bottom corner.

Ian Selley replied with a tap-in but it proved too late.

‘We are making life difficult for ourselves,’ said Gale.

‘We are better than this and we need a few more players to stand up and be counted.

‘Teams are punishing us in our area but we are not doing the same to them.’

Hawks: Ashmore 6; Newton 7, McDonald 6 (Igoe 79mins), Selley 7, Cashman 6, Simpemba 7, Fogden 7, Hinshelwood 6, Williams 5, Ramsey 6, Keehan 5 (Tiryaki 71mins).

Att: 716.