Gale relying on home comforts

Hawks boss Shaun Gale
Hawks boss Shaun Gale
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Hawks boss Shaun Gale is hoping to make the most of home comforts as they welcome Easbourne Borough to Westleigh Park tomorrow (3pm).

Although the Hawks crashed 3-0 at Blue Square Bet Conference South leaders Woking last week, their recent home form has been good and they will look to exploit that to resume their climb up the league.

A win over their Sussex visitors will move Gale’s men up to 12th in the table.

And after thumping home wins over Dorchester and Farnborough restored some of the belief in the squad, manager Shaun Gale expects to see more of the same.

‘With two good home wins under our belt, we can approach this game with confidence,’ said Gale.

‘It is important that we maintain our good form at home in order to get higher up the league.

‘We also feel that we owe Eastbourne something after losing at their place earlier in the season.

‘On that occasion, we went there with a scratch side and didn’t feel we came away with what we deserved.

‘Borough have been going through a sticky patch in the last couple of weeks but they too have had injury problems.

‘Their squad contains a lot of experience, though, and they won’t make it easy for us.’

Gale is faced with having to reshuffle his side due to suspension, injury and unavailability.

In the midfield, Perry Ryan is suspended and Sammy Igoe is extremely doubtful after being forced off with a groin strain at Woking last weekend.

Full-back Jake Newton is away again with Guyana on World Cup duty.

Youngster Harvey Whyte did well when replacing Igoe against the league leaders and will be in line to retain his place.

Gale may also bring the experienced figure of Lee Peacock into the midfield.

Paul Hinshelwood could be brought in for the absent Newton, and Gale admits his options are limited with a small squad.

Gale isn’t even sure if he can field five substitutes for the game.

‘The situation is not ideal but we have to just get on with it,’ said Gale.

‘It is in tough times like this that you find out who is with you and the real characters in the side.

‘Importantly, we all have to pull together and we certainly have that in the dressing room.

‘We did well in the first half at Woking last week and more than matched them.

‘We had three great chances, and if we had taken just one of them, things might have been different.

‘As it was, the second 45 minutes wasn’t good enough.

‘The first goal we conceded seconds into the second half was poor by any standards.

‘It is important that we get back to winning ways this weekend.’

Hawks: Beazely, McDonald, Holland, Woodford, Hinshelwood, Ramsey, Whyte, Igoe, Peacock, Braham-Barrett, Jones, Palmer, Pericard, Pearce, Getesky