Gale fuming with Hawks players

Ryan Woodford scores for Hawks. Picture: Dave Haines
Ryan Woodford scores for Hawks. Picture: Dave Haines
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HAWKS boss Shaun Gale has warned his players they must get their act together or face the chop after they let a two-goal lead slip to draw 2-2 with Sutton United at Westleigh Park.

Goals from Ryan Woodford and Craig Braham-Barrett put the home side in command of the Blue Square South encounter before half-time.

But a lacklustre second half allowed the visitors a share of the points.

In the end, the Hawks were left hanging on and were lucky to avoid defeat.

Gale has already shown Warren McBean and Mark Nwokeji the exit door in the last fortnight and more could follow.

‘I am fuming and, at the moment, I can’t catch my breath with some people,’ said the Hawks boss.

‘We have given away a two-goal lead at home and that is not acceptable.

‘Some players have really got to look at themselves in the mirror because not only are they cutting their own throats at the moment, they are cutting ours, too.

‘I am not scared of getting rid of people and if some players can’t or won’t do their job, they will be gone.

‘It is not a threat but just the way it is.’

Hawks, with ex-Pompey midfielder Neil Barrett making his debut, made a bright start to the contest.

Defender Woodford netted on 19 minutes with a thumping header from a corner and it was no more than the Hawks deserved.

A second goal, 10 minutes before the interval, by Braham-Barrett put the Hawks in to a comfortable position.

‘We knew Sutton would come out at us and talked at the interval about the importance of starting the second half well,’ said Gale.

‘It was important to keep it tight and maintain our shape.

‘All the things we talked about not doing we then proceeded to do.

‘We sat too deep, invited them on to us, we haven’t got out and stopped crosses. We allowed Sutton to totally take the initiative.’

A minute into the half, the home side had a let-off when former Hawks man Tony Taggart saw his header cleared off the line.

The Hawks did not heed that warning and, five minutes later, Taggart headed home.

Sutton took charge and their pressure paid off 10 minutes from time when Sam Page volleyed home.

Lee Peacock missed a chance to restore the Hawks lead but it could have been a lot worse for Gale in the end.

Ex-Hawks pair Leroy Griffiths and Craig Watkins missed gilt-edged chances to win it.

The visitors also felt they had a perfectly good last-minute goal disallowed.

‘It is another point but the manner in which we got it was very disappointing,’ said Gale.

Hawks: Beasely 7; Newton 6, Arthur 6, Ryan 6, Holland 6, Woodford 7, Fogden 7, Barrett 6, Peacock 6 (McDonald 90mins), Igoe 6, Braham-Barrett 5 (Jones 72mins – 6).

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