Hawks eyes smiling on Kabba after Irish tour

Hawks striker Sahr Kabba  Picture: Dave Haines
Hawks striker Sahr Kabba Picture: Dave Haines
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Sahr Kabba was the star of the show as the Hawks continued their progress towards the new Blue Square Bet South season with an unbeaten Irish tour.

The Hawks striker helped himself to a hat-trick as Stuart Ritchie’s side strolled to a 5-0 victory over Irish Police side Garda on Saturday.

And the former Weston-super-Mare forward followed that up with a late equaliser, just moments after coming off the bench, in yesterday’s 1-1 draw against League of Ireland top-flight side UC Dublin.

Kabba took his tally to seven goals in four pre-season games and already looks a promising recruit ahead of the new campaign.

He opened the scoring midway through the first half against Garda with a header from a Chris Arthur cross before triallist Ryan Wignall made it 2-0 before half-time.

The former Millwall youth-team striker completed his treble early in the second half before Ryan Moss wrapped up the scoring.

While it was a gentle run-out for the Hawks, their second fixture in two days was far more challenging against UC Dublin.

And an impressive display got them a share of the spoils – the very least they deserved – as late substitute Kabba netted four minutes from time, after coming on to cancel out a 73rd-minute opener from the hosts.

Boss Ritchie said: ‘It’s been a super weekend.

‘We’ve played two very different games and I’ve learned an awful lot about some of the players.

‘It’s been great for bonding and I now have more of an idea of the team I’ll be looking to play in the last couple of friendlies before the new season.’

Meanwhile, the Hawks have completed the signing of former QPR midfielder Stefan Bailey, who impressed on trial at Westleigh Park.

Bailey, who has played in the Championship for the Loftus Road outfit, has also featured for Grays Athletic, Ebbsfleet United and Kettering Town in recent seasons.

Fellow triallist Wignall, however, will not be offered a deal.

– STEVE WILSON