Only way is up for Hawks star

Ed Harris in action for the Hawks. Picture: Dave Haines
Ed Harris in action for the Hawks. Picture: Dave Haines
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Ed Harris believes the Hawks are emerging from their early-season problems and will soon start to climb the Blue Square Bet South table.

The 22-year-old reckons the only way is up for the Westleigh Park outfit.

And since the arrival of new manager Lee Bradbury, the Surbiton-based talent has started to grow into his centre-back role.

Alongside defensive partner Ryan Woodford, Harris did not miss a header all afternoon in the recent 2-2 draw at Weston-super-Mare.

He is suddenly looking far more confident and comfortable with what is being asked of him.

Like most of the squad, Harris was surprised by the Hawks’ poor start to the season.

But he is certain Bradbury will soon have them easing their way clear of the relegation dogfight.

‘It came as a bit of a shock after we had done so well in pre-season,’ said the central defender.

‘We began the season feeling that we would do well but for whatever reason things didn’t fall into place.

‘It wasn’t a nice feeling. Some of the players were not sure what they were doing.

‘Every week we seemed to be leaking goals at set-pieces but since the new gaffer has come in things are far more organised.

‘He believes set-pieces can win or lose you games.

‘As a result, we spend a lot more time working on them, both attacking and defending.

‘Everything is now more organised with a lot of planning behind how we are going to play.

‘And the improvement is there for everyone to see.’

Harris started his career at Queens Park Rangers but, after failing to make the first team, went on loan to Hayes & Yeading.

In 2010, he signed for AFC Wimbledon and made 23 appearances before being snapped up by Dover last season.

Harris impressed in his 28 appearances for the Kent side but found the travelling frustrating.

When alerted to his availability in the summer, the Hawks were quick to make a move for Harris.

And while he appreciates the efforts of new Hawks boss Bradbury, the former QPR youngster recognises the responsibility the players have in changing the fortunes of the side.

‘It is on our shoulders now because all the preparations are in place,’ said Harris.

‘We know there are no excuses and we have to go out and perform.

‘The squad have known since day one that they are good enough to push for a higher position.

‘Our poor start has given us a tough job and we have to build on the results of the last few weeks.

‘The boss has given us greater confidence and we are starting to enjoy our football more.

‘Early in the season it was devastating travelling back to London after another defeat.’

In the next two weeks the Hawks have a good chance to improve their position with clashes against Bromley and Staines.