HAWKS manager Shaun Gale has called on his men to make Westleigh Park a fortress, starting tonight.
Welling United are the visitors (7.45pm) as Gale plots a second win of the season after Saturday’s superb success at Boreham Wood.
Gale expects to name new signing Warren McBean in his squad but he may have to settle for a place on the bench.
Regardless, the Hawks go into the match desperate to put last season’s disappointing home form behind them.
‘We have to be better at home this season and make it far more difficult for teams coming to us,’ said Gale.
‘It is important we turn Westleigh Park into a fortress.
‘At times last season we were far too much of a soft touch.
‘Having said that we dominated many of the games but lacked the ability to kill teams off.
‘Now we have to be more cut throat and make it so that teams fear coming to us.’
At Boreham Wood, the Hawks showed an immense work-rate and played at a terrific tempo.
New captain Lee Peacock showed his finishing power with a stunning early strike.And that proved decisive, as the Hawks won their opening day fixture for the first time in five years.
It was a team performance that earned the visitors all three points.
The pace of newcomer Craig Braham-Barrett caused Boreham Wood all sorts of problems.
And Gale is looking forward to unleashing him against his former club tonight.
‘Craig ripped Boreham Wood to shreds with his frightening pace,’ said Gale.
‘We have worked hard with his finishing product and he is improving all the time.
‘His speed is a feature of the way we want to play because at times he can be unplayable.
‘Individuals can win games for you but, as a whole, most wins are achieved through the team playing as a unit.
‘We did that at Boreham Wood, working in pockets to win the ball back high up the field.’
Peacock and Paul Hinshelwood have picked up knocks but Gale is confident both will feature.
McBean will have to wait for his chance if Gale opts not to change a winning team.
Hawks: Ashmore, Newton, McDonald, Hinshelwood, Holland, Pearce, Fogden, Ramsey, Peacock, Igoe, Braham-Barrett, Scott, McBean, Nwokeji, Beazely, Woodford, Eberendu.