Gale challenges Hawks duo to show killer instinct

Hawks boss Shaun Gale
Hawks boss Shaun Gale
Theo Lewis scored for the Hawks in the 38th minute at Wealdstone. Picture: Habibur Rahman

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Shaun Gale is hoping Manny Williams and Mustafa Tiryaki will follow Giuseppe Sole’s lead and return to their devastating best in front of goal.

The Hawks face another tough Blue Square South away day as they visit fourth-placed Chelmsford City tomorrow (3pm).

Gale’s men almost surrendered two points against Maidenhead on Monday night.

They only managed to turn their first-half dominance into a single goal.

And when the Magpies hit back late on, it looked like their lack of killer instinct would cost them two points.

However, Sole had other ideas and stepped up to net an injury-time winner.

Now Gale has has called on his men to learn their lesson and start killing sides off when they get the chance.

‘Against Maidenhead, some of the football we played in the first half was the best of the season,’ he said.

‘What we are not doing though is killing teams off when we get the chance.

‘We should have been out of sight before half-time but failed to take our chances.

‘If you take Giuseppe Sole out of the equation our two other strikers – Tiryaki and Williams – have not been up to speed.

‘On their day they are the best in our league but have struggled with injuries.’

The Hawks will be determined to avoid the problems of last weekend’s 2-0 defeat at Farnborough.

Wes Fogden and Mustafa Tiryaki were both sent off that day.

And while Gale defended his men, he knows they will need to show greater discipline tomorrow.

‘We have done okay at Chelmsford the last couple of times so must aim to keep that going,’ he said.

‘I thought both my players were unlucky to get sent off last week.

‘If we had kept 11 players on the pitch I am convinced we would have gone on and won the game.

‘We had dominated the game and even when down to nine men we competed well and created chances.’

Those chances need to be taken, though, and Gale is hoping his Hawks will be sharper in front of goal tomorrow. He is also keen to see other players chip in with goals and take the pressure off the front two.

Defenders Ian Simpemba and Sam Pearce have threatened from set-pieces but are yet to convert that into goals.

While one man who should add another dimension to the Hawks play is on-loan midfielder Joe Keehan.

He comes back into the frame after traffic problems forced him onto the bench on Monday night.

Meanwhile, Gale faces a tough decision between his two goalkeepers after Nathan Ashmore impressed on Monday.

Gale said: ‘We are lucky to be blessed with two quality goalkeepers.’

Sammy Igoe is still sidelined with a ham-string injury.

Hawks: Ashmore, Newton, McDonald, Selley, Pearce, Simpemba, Keehan, Fogden, Hinshelwood, Williams, Sole, Tiryaki, Ramsey, Martin, Gadd, Howe.