SHAUN GALE praised goal-machine Steve Ramsey after his four strikes helped shoot down 10-man Dorchester 6-3 at The Avenue.
It was a thrilling Blue Square Bet South encounter.
Not so for Pompey legend Alan Knight, though, who saw his Dorchester side beaten for only the second time since he took charge in October.
Ollie Palmer scored twice but it was all about Ramsey, nicknamed Rambo by his team-mates, who shrugged off illness to demolish the hosts.
Gale said: ‘Steve Ramsey is a great finisher and gets himself into areas where he can hurt the opposition.
‘We know what quality he has and they were all great finishes of the highest order.
‘He wanted to come off at half-time because he felt dizzy and unwell from the start but managed to keep going.
‘I told him he can play unwell every week after that because by the end it was his defender who was dizzy.
‘If those goals were on Sky Sports they would be playing them over and over again
‘The technique he showed to finish his first chance was outstanding.’
Victory ensured the Hawks ended a bad run of three losses on the bounce but they remain just six points above the relegation zone.
‘It was important that we got the win,’ said Gale.
‘I told the lads they were here to do a job and credit to them they did it.’
The Hawks were soon rewarded for their positive start when Palmer’s hard work created the first goal.
The striker charged down the keeper’s clearance, sending the ball spinning across the face of the area and Ramsey showed great control to volley into the unguarded net.
In the 18th minute, Jon McDonald’s long throw into the box wasn’t gathered and Palmer’s goalbound header was handled on the goal line by Rico Wilson.
The Dorchester man was shown a straight red card and Ramsey slid his spot-kick into the bottom corner.
Palmer then added a third on 29 minutes.
Knight’s men never gave up and reduced the arrears before the break.
After a brief flurry from the Magpies at the start of the second half, two goals from Ramsey and one from Palmer ensured the Hawks remained in control.
Tom Nicholls completed Dorchester’s tally with two penalties.
New Hawks arrival Joe Dolan had a good debut in central defence and Gale was pleased with his impact.
‘Joe did very well and gives us a voice, which is something we have lacked at times,’ said Gale.
‘We are hoping he will have an effect on the park and in the changing rooms and he showed that.
‘Confidence is everything and this gives us a boost. Now we need to kick on from this.’
Hawks: Beazley 7; Hinshelwood 7, McDonald 7 (Igoe 60mins – 7), Woodford 8, Holland 8, Dolan 8, Ryan 7, Ramsey 9 (Hopkinson 76mins), Jones 7 (White 90mins), Palmer 8, Arthur 8.