Hawks bid to get back to winning ways

Ryan Woodford is in contention to start at Weston-super-Mare
Ryan Woodford is in contention to start at Weston-super-Mare
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The Hawks face a long journey to Weston-super-Mare for tonight’s Blue Square Conference South encounter – but Shaun Gale and his men will be glad to be back on the road (7.45pm).

Two successive home defeats have rocked the Hawks back on their heels after winning their opening day game at Boreham Wood.

Inconsistent form on their own patch was the Hawks’ Achilles heel last season and the evidence so far suggests they are yet to find a remedy.

In contrast, Gale’s team have done well on their travels and the hope is they can bounce back from the two body blows suffered at the hands of Welling and Chelmsford respectively.

The visitors, however, have a few problems on the injury front.

Experienced striker Lee Peacock started against Chelmsford on Saturday but it quickly became evident that he wasn’t fully fit and his knee problem could rule him out tonight.

Sammy Igoe picked up a thigh strain and had to be replaced at half-time on Saturday and Mark Nwokeji had a badly bruised heel which kept him out altogether.

All three are rated doubtful for the trip to the west country.

‘We are not blessed with the biggest squad but we need to pick ourselves up and get a result,’ said Gale.

‘The start of the season was never going to be easy with the first three games against top sides expected to be up there challenging.

‘We have had it tough to start with and I am massively disappointed to have lost the first two home games.

‘We need to nip it in the bud very quickly and look at a few things.

‘Something has got to change massively with the home mentality.

‘I will take responsibility because I am the manager but the players have to take some responsibility as well because they are out there playing. The players have to lift themselves because it is not going to be easy going to Weston, particularly if we are missing a couple of experienced players.

‘If that’s the case, then it is something we will have to overcome.’

Warren McBean looked lively up front when he came on as substitute in the second half against Chelmsford.

He could get his first start, while Ryan Woodford may get called up to bolster the vulnerable-looking back-line but Gale doesn’t have many options for change.

Hawks: Ashmore, Newton, Pearce, Holland, McDonald, Hinshelwood, Ramsey, Fogden, Braham-Barrett, McBean, Beazely, Woodford, Scott, Jones, Nwokeji, Igoe, Peacock.