Hawks’ play-off push gathers momentum

Hawks boss Shaun Gale
Hawks boss Shaun Gale
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HAWKS are aiming to repeat last season’s late surge after beating Bromley 2-0 in the Blue Square South.

Shaun Gale’s men fought hard for the home victory.

And, while a play-off place remains a distant hope, Hawks are hoping two wins on the bounce can prove the catalyst for a late push up the table.

Last season Gale’s men surged to the brink of the play-offs after a stunning run in the final weeks of the season.

They missed out by a point and this season are 15 points behind fifth-placed Chelmsford City with four games in hand.

The Hawks needed an improved second-half performance to see off Bromley as goals from Manny Williams and Mustafa Tiryaki saw them to a deserved three points.

‘It was a fantastic three points against a good side,’ said Gale.

‘They made it difficult for us, though, we never really got going in the first half.

‘We changed our shape at half-time and got our reward straight away which gave us a lift.

‘I thought we were in control and apart from a couple of half-chances they never threatened our goal.

‘We defended well, got the goals at the right time and it was a hard-working professional performance.

‘The pitch was still difficult to play on and it was hard to pass the ball at times but credit to the lads they kept going.’

The opening 45 minutes were largely forgettable with Bromley, if anything, showing greater composure.

The vital breakthrough came just four minutes after the interval when Wes Fogden was brought down by defender Jerry Nnamani after his perfectly-timed diagonal run took him into the box.

The referee immediately pointed to the penalty spot and Williams sent the Bromley keeper the wrong way.

That was just the spark the Hawks needed and suddenly they had a greater spring in their step.

When Bromley did attack they found the well-organised Hawks defence in no mood to give them an inch.

Ian Simpemba, Sam Pearce, Jake Newton and Leon Cashman were all magnificent denying Bromley at every turn.

A double substitution midway through the second half proved the key to the second goal.

Sammy Igoe produced a pin-point cross from the far side of the area for the unmarked Tiryaki to score with a downward header at the far post.

‘We won’t get carried away because it is only the first part of what we want to achieve from these two matches,’ said Gale.

‘It is important that we don’t waste this result and pick up another three points against Dorchester tonight.’

Hawks: Ashmore 7; Newton 8, Cashman 8, Selley 7 (Igoe 70mins – 7), Pearce 8, Simpemba 8, Fogden 8, Hinshelwood 7, Williams 7 (Keehan 85mins), Sole 7 (Tiryaki 70mins – 7).

Att: 508.