Ritchie wants change of gear for latest road trip

Paul Hinshelwood is pushing for a recall to the Hawks defence for the trip to Sutton United tomorrow

Paul Hinshelwood is pushing for a recall to the Hawks defence for the trip to Sutton United tomorrow

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Hawks boss Stuart Ritchie has challenged his players to start ‘producing the goods’ as they go in search of their first away win of the season at Sutton United tomorrow (3pm).

The Westleigh Park outfit travel to Gander Green Lane with only two draws to show from their three games on the road this season.

They will look to exploit the home side’s fragile confidence, with United still waiting on their first win of the new campaign.

Ritchie admits, however, a number of key areas need tightening up if they are to return home with all three points.

‘I don’t think our results are a true reflection of how we have played,’ said Ritchie.

‘Apart from the second half at Bath and maybe the second 45 minutes against Eastleigh we have been in all the games.

‘I am disappointed we didn’t come away with all three points at Truro and Staines.

‘We are not that far away but a number of the players need to be better.

‘If they don’t start producing the goods on the pitch then we have to start pointing fingers.

‘We are still putting this team together and it is still early days.’

Ritchie may consider making changes to his midfield, where Steve Ramsey has been below par in recent games.

Exeter City loanee Aaron Dawson has done well and the solid figure of Eddie Hutchinson could return to bolster the Hawks’ engine room.

Ritchie may also decide to go with the experience of Tony Taggart and pitch him against his former club.

Fellow midfield player Stefan Bailey is still ruled out by suspension.

The defence has been a major cause for concern, though, with the Westleigh Park outfit still waiting on their first clean sheet of the season – conceding 13 goals in seven games.

Ritchie’s options at the back aren’t helped at all by the suspension of central defender Sam Pearce for the trip to south London, while full-back Jake Newton is suffering with a knee injury.

But one alternative may be to move Ryan Woodford into the heart of the defence and use either Ed Harris or Paul Hinshelwood on the flanks.

Up front, leading goalscorer Ollie Palmer is one of the first names on the teamsheet at the moment but, with Sahr Kabba struggling with his fitness, who partners him isn’t a clear-cut matter.

However, both Ryan Moss and Scott Jones are in contention.

‘This is an important game and we want to be heading in the right direction at the end of it,’ added Ritchie.

‘Sutton are yet to win but we know that they have under-achieved so far this season.

‘There are no easy games.’

Hawks: Masters, Harris, Hinshelwood, Page, Woodford, Arthur, Dawson, Hutchinson, Taggart, Nanetti, Palmer, Jones, Moss, Ramsey, Kabba

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