Hawks striker Ollie targeting pro game

Ollie Palmer
Ollie Palmer
Wes Fogden. Picture: Habibur Rahman

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Teenage striker Ollie Palmer is willing to work hard to achieve his dream of professional football and the Hawks are reaping the benefit.

Palmer has scored seven goals in five games and made a huge impact since joining the club just over three weeks ago

The six foot plus hitman has displayed a big appetite and willingness to get stuck in and, along with other young striker Scott Jones, is keeping more experienced members of the squad out of the starting line-up.

It has been Palmer’s goals, though, that have helped the Hawks turn their fortunes around in the last week.

He grabbed two against Dorchester in the 4-2 midweek win and repeated the feat in the 5-0 demolition of Farnborough at the weekend.

It is also a big turnaround for Palmer, who had a difficult start to the season.

He found himself down the pecking order behind more experienced strikers at Woking and was loaned out to Boreham Wood.

That proved to be a difficult period with things not working out, so Palmer was eager to grab the opportunity when the Hawks moved in for him.

‘I feel I have fitted right in at the Hawks and I am just happy to be scoring,’ said Palmer.

‘Things didn’t go well at all at Boreham Wood but that’s football.

‘I had a few iffy games, though I did alright.

‘My feeling was that the team was run by the players without much management taking place.

‘Here, with the Hawks everyone is pulling together despite not having the greatest of starts.

‘It’s not just about me scoring goals, though it is seven in five, because all the boys are working hard together

‘I’ve only been here a few weeks but I think we are starting to turn the corner.’

Palmer believes that although he may not be naturally gifted he makes up for it with hard work and he is hoping his work ethic will help him progress in the game.

He has certainly shown that he knows where the goal is and has the ability to take his chances when they come along.

Against Farnborough he made the all important breakthrough with half-time approaching, rising above the defence to guide a header in from Sammy Igoe’s corner.

His second arrived early in the second period when he took Craig Braham-Barrett’s clever ball in his stride and went on to coolly roll his shot past the advancing goalkeeper.

In the past six months the Hawks have seen two players graduate through their ranks into the professional game, Mustafa Tiryaki, to Tranmere Rovers and Wes Fogden to Bournemouth.

Palmer dreams of following them into the professional ranks.

‘There are lots of players who have made it in the professional game because they work hard,’ said Palmer.

‘It’s always been my dream and I will keep working hard to try and make it.

‘I am very much a confidence player and I am happy here and enjoying myself.’

Palmer returns to his old club Woking at the weekend and nothing would give him greater pleasure than to show their manager Garry Hill that it was a mistake to let him go, by adding to his goal tally.