Hawks boss shares fans’ frustration

Scott Jones, left, and Ollie Palmer, right, both netted in vain. Picture: Dave Haines
Scott Jones, left, and Ollie Palmer, right, both netted in vain. Picture: Dave Haines
Hawks boss Lee Bradbury. Picture: Habibur Rahman (170972-31)

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Shaun Gale admitted there were ‘no excuses’ after the Hawks were booed off the Westleigh Park pitch on Saturday.

The hosts suffered a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Boreham Wood in the Blue Square Bet South.

And the Hawks fans made their feelings clear at the final whistle – some even chanting ‘we are going down’.

Gale understands and shares their frustration, acknowledging his side got everything they deserved.

The defeat leaves the Hawks just three points above the drop zone, with alarm bells ringing loud and clear at Westleigh Park.

But the boss insisted he will be making every effort to find a solution.

‘It’s never nice being booed off by your own fans,’ said Gale.

‘I’ll always say it as it is, we just weren’t good enough and it is as simple as that.

‘I won’t make any excuses we weren’t at the races, particularly in the first half.

‘It is a massive frustration because on the back of a very good result I didn’t see that coming.

‘It was a massive opportunity for us to put some daylight between us and the bottom sides and we blew it.

‘We cannot keep conceding three or four goals a game.

‘At home we have not done it this season and that is a massive frustration.

‘All we have done now is put ourselves under a bit more pressure.

‘It is a battle and we have to find the right solution to stop the rot.

‘Now it is a test of character for everyone but it is important that we stand together.’

All the confidence from last week’s 6-3 win at Dorchester disappeared as early as the third minute when the Hawks conceded a poor goal.

Central defender Chris Holland, who had a nightmare afternoon, allowed a simple long ball to drop behind him.

It was then squared to Mauro Vilhete, who easily knocked it in from close range.

The home side regrouped and eventually levelled on 33 minutes through Scott Jones, who converted an Ollie Palmer cross at the far post.

That should have been the signal for the Hawks to go on and collect a vital three points but it all went horribly wrong. First Vilhete tapped in the rebound after Lyall Beazley had produced a superb one-handed save.

And then an inswinging corner from Boreham captain Mario Noto went in via the post and the keeper.

The Hawks gave signs at the start of the second half that it wasn’t a lost cause, though.

And when Palmer scored eight minutes into the second period the momentum was suddenly with them.

Just nine minutes later, though, Holland’s woeful afternoon got worse when he hauled Omer Riza down inside the box.

Noto put his spot-kick beyond Beazley and it was game over for the Hawks.

Hawks: Beazley 7 ; Hinshelwood 5 (Hopkinson 6; 45m), McDonald 5 (Igoe 5; 45m), Woodford 5, Holland 4, Dolan 5, Ryan 5, Ramsey 6, Jones 7, Palmer 7, Arthur 6.

Att: 580