Ritchie: Hawks can kick on after first victory

122150-09_MY_Hawkes'Hawkes v Sholing Friendly, West Leigh Park.'Stuart Ritchie and Adi Aymes discuss the game.'Pic Mick Young'28/07/12
122150-09_MY_Hawkes'Hawkes v Sholing Friendly, West Leigh Park.'Stuart Ritchie and Adi Aymes discuss the game.'Pic Mick Young'28/07/12
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Ten-man Hawks dug deep to record their first Blue Square Bet South win of the season as they saw off Hayes & Yeading 2-1 last night.

Another league loss looked to be on the cards after they fell behind early on at Westleigh Park.

Defender Sam Pearce was then sent off for the second match in a row.

But in an amazing turnaround, Arron Dawson and Steve Ramsey fired Hawks to a remarkable victory.

Hawks boss Stuart Ritchie said: ‘It was a great win because we dug in against a very good side.

‘There are so many positives from the game.

‘Hopefully this will help us turn the corner.’

Jerome Anderson gave the visitors an 11th-minute lead with a superb finish, turning just inside the area before flashing a shot home.

Pearce was then sent off for the second time in four days, after two mistimed tackles in the space of eight minutes.

Hayes began the second half with all the time in the world to push the ball around but they paid for switching off.

Five minutes into the second half, the hard-working Ollie Palmer nicked the ball away on the halfway line and sent the pacy Sahr Kabba racing into the area.

Kabba linked with Dawson who fired his shot between the keeper’s legs for an equaliser.

Suddenly the Hawks had belief there could be a chance to break their winless league run.

And so it proved.

The impressive Palmer found substitute Ryan Moss whose effort fell to Ramsey and he hooked the ball home.

Once the Hawks had something to defend they scrapped to secure the points.

Ritchie added: ‘At half-time I went in and lost my head a bit with a few of the players while my assistant Barry Blankley has gone in and sorted out the shape.

‘It was about the team ethic and not allowing Hayes the space in our half. In the first half we didn’t get the idea of setting up to stay in the game while we were under the cosh.

‘After the break it was different – we made it difficult for them to break us down.

‘You are always going to get chances and we took them.

‘We then scrapped and showed our fighting qualities.’

Hawks: Masters 8, Woodford 8, Arthur 7, Hinshelwood 7, Page 7, Pearce 5, Ramsey 7 (Hutchinson, 77mins), Dawson 7, Kabba 8 (Moss, 66mins – 7), Palmer 8 (Taggart, 75mins), Nanetti 7.

Att: 475.