Gale targeting experienced reinforcements

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

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Hawks manager Shaun Gale has been given the green light to bring in reinforcements as they look to avoid being dragged into a Blue Square Bet South relegation dogfight.

Chairman Derek Pope has made the funds available as the Hawks face a difficult visit to top-four Welling United tonight (7.45pm).

The 3-2 defeat by Chelmsford City at the weekend saw the Hawks drop down to 17th, just six points above the drop-zone, prompting a need for action.

Gale admits his side need to pick up points sooner rather than later.

And the boss feels he needs to try and inject greater experience into his squad.

‘I have been on the phone all weekend trying to bring a couple of players in,’ said Gale.

‘It might not happen in time for the game at Welling.

‘But in our situation we need to have a couple of experienced heads to see us through.

‘We are a very young side and our inexperience and naivety is costing us at times.

‘I can’t knock the enthusiasm, effort and work-rate from them but there is a lot of pressure on young shoulders.

‘If we can get a couple more experienced players in alongside them it could make all the difference.

‘I may need to freshen things up a little at Welling anyway.’

At Chelmsford the Hawks played with Scott Jones as the lone striker in the first half and the move failed to pay off.

The horrendous weather conditions didn’t help but Jones found himself isolated and outnumbered whenever the ball was played into him.

Gale changed the system after the break, putting Ollie Palmer alongside Jones and Craig Braham-Barrett in behind the front two.

That gave the Hawks a greater threat. And if the manager is unable to bring in any new faces in time, he may consider something along similar lines at Welling.

Braham-Barrett, who has found himself out of favour in recent weeks, would relish the chance to play against one of his former clubs.

Gale also has Bobby Hopkinson available in midfield after serving his three-match suspension, although Perry Ryan is a doubt with a badly swollen ankle.

Jones could also be ruled out of the equation by recurring groin problems.

‘It is all about results now,’ said Gale. ‘We have to grind out a few results to get us out of this situation.

‘There is still a six-point gap between us and the bottom sides and we have to make sure that doesn’t close.

‘There are still plenty of points left to play for and I am looking for us to kick on and finish in a positive fashion.

‘The players know what they have to do and it is a case of them putting it into practice.

‘We have got two more tough away games this week and must look to pick up points from them, starting at Welling.

‘If we can dig deep and get a couple of results it will boost our confidence and change the whole picture.’

Hawks: Beazley, Newton, Woodford, Pearce, Holland, McDonald, Ryan, Hinshelwood, Igoe, Ramsey, Palmer, Arthur, Jones, Braham-Barrett, Whyte, Geteski, Thompson