Skipper wants Hawks to show they can last the pace

Sam Pearce wants the Hawks to find more consistency Picture: Dave Haines
Sam Pearce wants the Hawks to find more consistency Picture: Dave Haines
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Captain Sam Pearce admits the Hawks need to pick up their game if they are to avoid being dragged into a Blue Square Bet South relegation dogfight.

Pearce was massively disappointed by his side’s latest disappointment – a 4-1 home drubbing at the hands of Dartford on Saturday.

That defeat – the Hawks’ ninth in the league this season – has left Shaun Gale’s side hovering above the relegation zone in 16th place.

And it left Pearce in no doubt that massive improvements are needed if the club are to fight their way out of trouble.

‘We never really got started,’ said the defender.

‘I feel sorry for the gaffer because we are not performing consistently week in, week out for him.

‘It is difficult to understand because we went into the game on the back of a half-decent run and the players were buzzing beforehand.

‘Once we conceded a sloppy first goal, though, that seemed to burst our bubble.

‘All of a sudden, Dartford were winning all the headers and were first to the second ball.

‘I thought their second goal was clearly offside and we let our heads drop a little after that.

‘We came out at the start of the second half and were the better side for a 15-20 minute spell.

‘When we play like that, we put opponents under pressure but we have been doing it only in spells.

‘We need to keep it up for the whole game like we did when we had big wins over Truro and Farnborough.’

Pearce added: ‘After pulling a goal back we thought we could go on and win the game but, again, we let them have a poor goal.

‘That left us deflated and gave them a big boost.

‘In that position, they can start pinging the ball around like they are Barcelona and it gets more difficult.’

Pearce concedes that a lack of consistency is at the root of the Hawks’ problems.

But despite Gale’s men sitting just four points above the relegation zone – albeit with games in hand over most of their rivals – Pearce is not expecting a fight against the drop.

‘We have not been consistent enough and that has to change,’ he said.

‘I believe we are far too good to be where we are and I am not even contemplating a relegation battle.

‘It is vital that we pick our heads back up for the massive game against Maidenhead United, again at our place, this weekend.

‘We need everyone to come and get behind us and kick on.’