Hawks striker Scott Jones is hoping to get another chance to show what he can do in tonight’s Hampshire Senior Cup quarter-final at Sholing (7.45pm).
The Isle of Wight-based youngster is determined to win his place back in Lee Bradbury’s starting line-up after falling behind Sahr Kabba and Ollie Palmer in the pecking order.
Jones scored in the last two rounds of the cup against United Services and Totton & Eling.
He wants to keep that record going and give Bradbury a timely reminder of what he has to offer the side.
‘I look forward to playing and want to grab every opportunity I get,’ said Jones.
‘If I get the chance I am keen to go out there and add to my goal tally.
‘It is tough at the moment but I have to be patient because the front pair are doing well and it is difficult to change a winning side.’
Jones got a chance to impress in the last 10 minutes against Basingstoke Town on Saturday.
He produced his usual high-energy display and strengthened his cause with an assist in the closing minutes of the 4-1 win.
Steve Ramsey picked him out on the far side of the area and Jones sent in a low cross for Kabba to side-foot home.
The 22-year-old is working full-time and training to be an electronic engineer, so finds it difficult to take advantage of the extra training sessions put on by Bradbury.
Despite this, Jones still appreciates what the manager is aiming to achieve.
‘Things are so much better under the new manager,’ said Jones.
‘He has been working on things like my positioning and being relaxed to hold the ball up.
‘My aim is to keep working hard and see what happens because things can change so quickly in this game.
‘Scoring more goals against Sholing will only help.’
The tie has been moved to Sholing’s Silverlake Arena after both attempts by the Hawks to stage the game fell foul of the weather.
If the Westleigh Park side are to make the semi-finals, they will have to put the shackles on home striker Lee Wort, who has been in fine goalscoring form recently.