Question time - and Hawks boss demands answers

Sahr Kabba is in line to feature for the Hawks at Staines   Picture: Dave Haines
Sahr Kabba is in line to feature for the Hawks at Staines Picture: Dave Haines
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It’s question time for the Hawks against Staines Town at Wheatsheaf Park as they go in search of a first win of the season tomorrow (3pm).

Manager Stuart Ritchie is demanding more after a disappointing start to his Westleigh Park reign.

The step up in to Blue Square Bet South has proved a steep learning curve for the ex-AFC Totton boss and he is finding it a harsh and unforgiving environment.

The Hawks are yet to register a league win from their opening four matches. And Ritchie insists it is time for some of his squad to prove their worth.

‘I am asking the players to answer a number of questions in the next few games,’ said Ritchie.

‘They need to go out and perform for the whole 90 minutes-plus.

‘A lot of the players are new to me and I am still getting to know them.

‘Some of the players need to change their mindset. They need to display greater resilience and develop a winning mentality

‘It is in their hands and they have to go out and prove themselves.

‘I won’t panic but I will shake things up if it doesn’t happen.’

Ritchie has already shown his intentions to provide competition by bringing in midfielder Aaron Dawson from Exeter City.

The 20-year-old joins from the League Two club and will hopefully strengthen an area which hasn’t functioned well so far this season.

Stefan Bailey starts a five-match ban he picked up before joining the Hawks, so the reinforcement will be welcome.

Ritchie insists his side have not played badly – apart from the 2-0 defeat at Bath City – despite picking up just two points from a possible 12.

His biggest concern is the failure to keep a clean sheet and the tendency to concede poor goals from set-pieces.

The Hawks are yet to get their noses in front this season and have spent most of their time chasing the games.

Ritchie is hoping they can get summer signing Sahr Kabba fit to make his first start at Staines.

The pacy striker has been sidelined by hamstring problems and Ritchie reckons his absence has been a key factor in the poor start.

‘He will give us different options up front with his ability to get beyond defenders.

‘We are not a bad side but opponents have punished us for our mistakes. All the statistics from the matches show we have had more possession and efforts on targets than the opposition.

‘We have just not made it count.

‘Our target now has to be putting points on the board, starting at Staines.’

Hawks: Masters, Arthur, Harris, Page, Pearce, Newton, Hutchinson, Ramsey, Hinshelwood, Nanetti, Palmer, Moss, Kabba, Woodford, Taggart, Jones, Pegler.