Gale calls for mental strength

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Problems are mounting for Hawks boss Shaun Gale ahead of tomorrow’s game against Blue Square South newcomers Truro City at Westleigh Park (3pm).

Gale could be without four key players as his team search for a first home win of the season.

Experienced pair Lee Peacock and Sammy Igoe missed the midweek defeat at Weston-Super-Mare and remain doubtful.

Meanwhile, the hosts picked up injuries to defenders Jon McDonald and Sam Pearce in the clash at Woodspring Stadium.

McDonald is definitely out after damaging his ankle ligaments and Pearce suffered a dead leg.

It is the last thing Gale needs after watching his team slump to three consecutive defeats following the opening win at Boreham Wood.

Worryingly, the Hawks have also shipped eight goals in the past three matches and his fragile defence is a big concern.

Gale admits his team have been a soft touch at home and is demanding a change in mentality from his players.

‘This will be a real test of our mettle and show what we are made of,’ said the boss.

‘We will set our stall out in a completely different manner and have to grow up.

‘I need men out there who are prepared to put their head on the block and be brave.

‘There are not enough out there doing that at the moment.

‘Some players have gone missing in the last few games and we cannot afford that.

‘It isn’t about formations or systems, it is about players doing their jobs.

‘We have to change our mentality particularly at home.’

Gale described the 3-1 defeat at Weston-Super-Mare as one of his all-time lows as a manager.

‘We have to eradicate the silly mistakes,’ he said.

‘Weston was a game I’d expect us to win.

‘And we should have been out of sight by half-time.

‘The number of gilt-edged chances we missed was unbelievable.

‘As a manager I take responsibility because the buck stops with me but the players also have to take responsibility.

‘It is not a time for finger pointing because we are all in this together.

‘Everything seems stacked against us at the moment.

‘But I am not going to throw in the towel.

‘We have to improve and start winning football matches.

‘If that means grinding out a few wins then so be it.’

Gale is hoping to boost his small squad by bringing in a couple of loan players but was doubtful he could do that in time for this weekend.

The Hawks travel to Salisbury City on Monday.

Hawks: Ashmore, Newton, Holland, Woodford, Pearce, Woodford, Hinshelwood, Fogden, Ramsey, Braham-Barrett, McBean, Peacock, Jones, Nwokeji, Eberendu, Whyte, Scott, Beazeley, Igoe