Ritchie pleased with Hawks progress

Ryan Moss celebrates his winner. Picture: Dave Haines
Ryan Moss celebrates his winner. Picture: Dave Haines
Hawks boss Lee Bradbury. Picture: Habibur Rahman (170972-31)

Bradbury hails his steely Hawks

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The Hawks came from behind to beat Gosport Borough 2-1 in a pre-season friendly at Westleigh Park last night.

Second-half goals from Scott Jones and Ryan Moss gave the home side the win, after they trailed to a Dan Wooden goal at the interval.

Hawks manager Stuart Ritchie was pleased with the way his team battled back in the second period.

‘We are still trying to progress the team, make it better and become more resilient,’ he said.

‘I’m pleased we are starting to show the right mentality to win games and grind them out.

‘It is still frustrating we have key players missing through injury but we have to get on with it.

‘We lacked a bit of tempo in the first half but in the second half we improved in midfield.

‘Perry Ryan had a better game and we picked up more pieces which allowed us to become more comfortable.’

Southern League premier division new boys Borough matched the Hawks in the opening 45 minutes and took the lead through a superbly-worked goal.

Adam Wilde sent Justin Bennett clear of the home defenders down the right with a lovely ball using the outside of his boot.

Bennett raced to the edge of the area, before squaring to a totally unmarked Wooden who picked his spot past Hawks keeper Matt Pegler.

When the Hawks did press, they found their ex-goalkeeper Nathan Ashmore in imperious form.

The home side took charge at the start of the second period after Scott Jones levelled the scores early on.

Steve Ramsey’s free-kick was deflected through to Jones off a defender and the striker drilled his low shot into the far corner.

Moss grabbed the winner 15 minutes from time – heading home another Ramsey free-kick.

The home side sent on new midfield signing Stefan Bailey for the final 20 minutes but he had little chance to make an impact.

Borough assistant-manager Mick Catlin felt his side did well in the first half but faded after the break.

‘In the first half we acquitted ourselves well but in the second half we were on the backfoot for a lot of the time,’ said Catlin.