Plenty of work to be done for Hawks boss

Christian Nanett levelled for the Hawks against Carshalton Athletic     Picture: Dave Haines
Christian Nanett levelled for the Hawks against Carshalton Athletic Picture: Dave Haines
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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Hawks manager Stuart Ritchie watched his men hit back to beat Carshalton at Westleigh Park but insisted: There’s plenty more work to do.

Goals from Christian Nanetti and Sahr Kabba saw Hawks come from one down to beat the Ryman premier visitors 2-1.

But Ritchie, who was more interested in the performance than the result, felt his side were below where they need to be.

‘It was a good test and showed we need games,’ said Ritchie.

‘The lads looked sluggish and we were not compact.

‘Some of the players were off their game and a bit stiff.

‘We are trying to instil good habits and a winning mentality so it has been pleasing to win our opening two friendlies.

‘But it is all about constructing a side to perform well in Conference South.

‘Carshalton gave us a good work out and we got what we wanted from the game.’

Carshalton went ahead in the 13th minute when a neat flick in midfield opened up the Hawks defence down the middle.

Lewis Taylor ran through and placed a low shot across triallist goalkeeper Clark Masters, into the bottom corner of the net.

The Hawks responded well and levelled, within five minutes, with a cracking finish from Nanetti.

Lively striker Ollie Palmer did well on the edge of the area before feeding Nanetti who found the far corner.

The Hawks winner came two minutes into the second half and it was a gift.

Carshalton keeper Nick Hamann played a goal-kick to Ricardo Joseph on the edge of his area and the defender was easily robbed by Palmer.

Hamann kept out Palmer’s shot but Kabba was on hand to knock in the rebound.

With the Hawks making nine changes for the second half, fluent football was lacking.

‘We could have scored a few more but Carshalton kept the ball better than us,’ said Ritchie.

‘A final scoreline of 4-1 wouldn’t have flattered us.

‘The performance was as expected and we can use it as a base to move forward in our games this week.’

The Hawks continue their preparations at Wessex League Downton tonight (7.45pm), before taking on Ryman premier side Bognor at Westleigh Park on Thursday (7.45pm).

The game against the Rocks has been moved forward 24 hours to avoid a clash with the Olympic Games opening ceremony on Friday.

Hawks: Master; Newton, Page, Harris, Arthur, Ramsey, Hutchinson, Allen, Nanetti, Palmer, Kabba. Subs: Hinshelwood, Pearce, Ryan, Hopkinson, Whyte, Moss, Jones, Stockford.

Referee: T Foster (Portsmouth).

Attendance: 312.