Peacock dazzles on debut

Lee Peacock in action against Real Betis. Picture: Dave Haines
Lee Peacock in action against Real Betis. Picture: Dave Haines
Jack Breed heads towards goal. Picture: Keith Woodland (171011-0049)

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Shaun Gale has hailed the Hawks’ stunning start to the season.

The Westleigh Park outfit made a flying start to the Blue Square South campaign with a 1-0 win at big-spending Boreham Wood on Saturday.

New signing Lee Peacock announced his arrival with the only goal of the game at Meadow Park.

After just two minutes, the newly-installed skipper crashed an unstoppable shot past Elvijs Putnins to give his side their first opening day win in five years.

It was far from a one-man show, though, as the whole side contributed to a fantastic display.

And boss Gale was full of praise for the Hawks after they dominated the clash from start to finish.

He said: ‘That has to be our best opening-day performance for a very long time.

‘To come away against one of the top teams and dominate in the fashion we did was impressive.

‘When we had to we defended fantastically but the game should have been dead and buried long before the end.

‘We got off to the perfect start and that settled any nerves that might have been out there.

‘What I did know is we went into the game fit and organised and they couldn’t live with that.

‘There were some key leaders out there in “Dutchy” Holland and Lee Peacock.

‘I thought our midfield ran their socks off and they couldn’t deal with the pace of Craig Braham-Barrett.’

The hosts had spent substantial money strengthening their squad during the summer.

But they were no match for the Hawks and only forced the visitors onto the back foot in the last 10 minutes when they upped the tempo in search of an equalising goal.

Sammy Igoe had earlier instigated the Hawks’ dream start with an incisive ball through to Braham-Barrett down the left.

And the winger cut inside before delivering a low ball across the area.

Wes Fogden failed to make contact but Peacock controlled it before smashing the ball back past the keeper and into the far top corner of the goal.

The Hawks went on to control the rest of the first half with Paul Hinshelwood and Holland forcing good saves from Putnins, while Igoe volleyed narrowly wide.

Holland was a distinctive figure at the back after suffering a cut chin and having his head bound in ‘Egyptian Mummy’ style bandages.

And the visitors remained in the ascendancy after the break until the final throes of the game.

Young keeper Nathan Ashmore stood tall in the Hawks goal, though, and made two outstanding blocks to preserve the win.

‘The important thing was to come here and get something and we have done that,’ said Gale.

‘We won’t get carried away, though, because we now have two tough home games ahead of us.’

Hawks: Ashmore 8, Newton 8, McDonald 8, Hinshelwood 8, Holland 8, Pearce 8, Fogden 8, Ramsey 8, Peacock 9, Igoe 8, Braham-Barrett 8. Att: 201