Hawks star Ramsey can fill Fogden’s boots

Hawks-Steven Ramsey puts the hawks 1 up at half time'''Havant & Waterlooville vs Sholing  on 1st Oct 2011 at the Westleigh Park. Dave Haines (Photo credit should read Picture/s by Dave Haines)
Hawks-Steven Ramsey puts the hawks 1 up at half time'''Havant & Waterlooville vs Sholing on 1st Oct 2011 at the Westleigh Park. Dave Haines (Photo credit should read Picture/s by Dave Haines)
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Steve Ramsey is putting his early-season problems behind him to become a driving force for the Hawks.

The combative midfielder was sent off twice in the opening month of the season and was forced to sit out five games.

He picked up two yellow cards against Welling and a straight red against Truro 10 days later.

The dismissal against Truro was unlucky as both he and Danny Clay lunged in for a 50-50 ball and when the visiting player came off worse, it was inevitable Ramsey would see red.

It was a difficult time for the ex-Pompey trainee who cut a frustrated figure sat in the stand.

Just a week before, he had opened his account with two penalties against Chelmsford City and had been an ever-present up to that stage.

Ramsey celebrated his return in style, notching the opening goal in the FA Cup win over Sholing and since then, he has provided evidence he could finally fill the much-needed role of a goal-scoring midfielder.

Last season, Wes Fogden excelled in that role but his departure to Football League outfit Bournemouth has left a gap to be filled.

Hawks boss Shaun Gale believes Ramsey is capable of stepping into those shoes, and recently the player signed a new deal to keep him at Westleigh Park.

‘Steve has improved massively since coming to us from Portsmouth,’ said Gale.

‘When he first arrived, he had problems finishing games fitness-wise but Adie Aymes sorted that out with his diet.

‘The player has shown that he is prepared to work hard and can now put a good shift in all game.

‘We told him he needed to become more dominant and be able to dictate more and he has done that.

‘He has the ability to play at a higher level but needs to keep working.

‘The lad has a lot in his locker.

‘He is a decent dead-ball deliverer, putting it into dangerous areas, and now he is starting to chip in with a few goals.

‘If he can end up with 12 to 15 goals by the end of the season then he will have done well for us.’

Coventry-born Ramsey was with Pompey, making 30 reserve team appearances before being released in May 2008.

After joining the Hawks, he played 110 games in three seasons and scored nine goals.

Ramsey has already scored six times this season, including two in the 5-0 rout of Farnborough last month, and looks set to have his best-ever goal-scoring campaign, which can only be good news for the Hawks.