Rookie Scott Jones scored twice on his full debut to help the Hawks crush Truro City 4-1 and seal their first home win of the season in the Blue Square South.
Shaun Gale’s rampant Hawks could easily have scored six or seven despite having to play the final 20 minutes with 10 men after Steve Ramsey was shown a straight red-card.
And manager Gale is hoping his side can reproduce their winning formula today as they travel to Salisbury City for a bank holiday clash today (3pm).
With Lee Peacock ruled out by injury and Mark Nwokeji out of form, Jones was thrown in at the deep end against Truro and he didn’t disappoint.
Gale called for his players to be brave after three consecutive defeats.
And none was braver than the 20-year old from the Isle of Wight.
The trainee electronic engineer spent the summer trialling with the Hawks after being recommended by his Brading Town manager and has been paying his own way back across the Solent.
Gale praised the youngster for his outstanding debut.
‘He did very well and does what it says on the tin,’ said Gale.
‘I’d love to get him on board as a contract player and he has to keep doing what he is doing.
‘If he does then he could be a fine prospect and a good find.
‘I didn’t want to chuck him in at the deep end but it was needs must.
‘Without Peacock up front we have been a soft touch but we know with Scott he will give you endeavour, hard work and will make life difficult for defenders.
‘I am chuffed to bits for him because he deserved his two goals.
‘He is untried at this level but he has shown that he has definitely got something.
‘I told him go and show what you can do and his first goal was that of a good old fashioned centre-forward.’
The Hawks made a bright start with a third-minute goal from Wes Fogden.
Craig Braham-Barrett, who terrorised the Truro defence throughout, outpaced his marker and squared the ball for Fogden to provide an emphatic finish.
Jones powered in a header from a Fogden cross to extend the lead before the break.
The Hawks remained in charge after in the second half but found themselves up against it when Ramsey was shown his second red card in the space of a fortnight, though he had reason to feel a little hard done by.
He and Danny Clay lunged into a 50-50 ball but when the visiting player came off worst the red card was inevitable.
But the Hawks went on to add two more goals through Jones and Perry Ryan, making his debut after returning from Bognor.
Scott Walker grabbed a consolation for the visitors from the penalty spot in the final minute.
‘We have been a soft touch at home and I challenged the players to deal with it,’ said Gale.
‘Mistakes have cost us in the past few games but we nipped that in the bud.
‘I know where we are in the dressing room despite a few iffy results.
‘In some quarters when we win we are the next best thing to sliced bread and when we lose we are useless.
‘We have another difficult game at Salisbury and we need to grind out a result.
‘It would be nice to have Peacock and Sammy Igoe available but we will have to wait and see.’
Gale could also be without full-back Jake Newton who is flying out to take part in Guyana’s World Cup campaign.
Hawks: Ashmore 7; Newton 7, Ryan 8, Hinshelwood 6, Holland 7, Woodford 7, Fogden 7, Ramsey 7,
Jones 9 (Nwokeji 89mins), McBean 6 (Pearce 69mins – 7), Braham-Barrett 8 (Scott 86mins).