Moss ready to take his chance

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Theo Lewis scored for the Hawks in the 38th minute at Wealdstone. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Good show on the road as Hawks impress to beat Wealdstone

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Ryan Moss is ready to prove his quality.

The striker broke his duck for the season with a brace in the 2-2 draw at Weston-super-Mare.

It has been a largely frustrating time for Moss at the Hawks.

But manager Lee Bradbury has shown faith in him since taking charge, and the striker is determined to repay that backing.

Moss said: ‘Personally, it was pleasing because it has been a long time coming.

‘I have had to wait a little time for my chance but now I am back in the side I am determined to stay there.

‘The new manager said he was going to give everybody a chance and I want to make the most of mine.

‘Since he has come in, all the lads have started to enjoy it more.

‘We have all been set goals, know what we are doing and are fully prepared in what to expect before games.’

Moss showed against the Seagulls that his physical presence can unnerve defenders.

He also demonstrated his fine finishing skills.

The 25-year-old got on the end of a low Ollie Palmer cross to put the Hawks in front early in the second half.

But it was his second goal that made people sit up and take note.

Receiving the ball on the edge of the area, Moss turned neatly away from his defender, burst into the box and smashed his shot high into the net.

The goal was pleasing for him and the striker is enjoying the chance to play alongside the highly-rated Ollie Palmer in attack.

‘It is the best goal I have scored in a while,’ said Moss.

‘Though Ollie and I are a bit similar in style we have never been in doubt that we can make it work.

‘I don’t know two centre-backs at our level who would feel comfortable against our physical presence.

‘We both work our socks off and can score goals.

‘It is a work ethic that spreads throughout the whole team since the new manager came in.’

Moss began the season as a first-choice striker, starting in three of the four opening games.

He found himself out of touch in front of goal, though, and was soon on the bench.

Apart from a start at Bromley in September, he was left on the sidelines.

It is not something that Moss finds easy but his hard work has helped change things.

‘It was probably the most frustrating time in my football career,’ said Moss.

‘It isn’t easy sitting there watching your team lose, wondering what you have to do to get back in the side.

‘All you can do is keep your head down, work hard and see what happens.’