Timely double boost for Hawks

Perry Ryan. Picture: Dave Haines
Perry Ryan. Picture: Dave Haines
Matt Tubbs played well against Sutton. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Injuries are big concern but defensive errors also worry Hawks

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Shaun Gale will be boosted by the return of two key men as the Hawks resume their push for mid-table security.

After serving his suspension, midfielder Perry Ryan is back for the visit to Blue Square Bet South strugglers Staines Town tomorrow (3pm).

Gale is also expecting to name full-back Jake Newton in his squad following his international duty with Guyana.

With the Hawks keen to regain momentum after a difficult couple of weeks, it is a much-needed fillip for the troops.

‘We have a good record at their (Staines) place in the past few years and must look to keep it going,’ said Hawks boss Gale.

‘It is important we come away with something and ideally a win.

‘The league is so tight that a couple of successive wins can make a big difference.

‘A couple of wins can propel us closer to where we want to be but at the same time a couple of defeats would put us back down with the strugglers.

‘The season is far from over from our point of view and there are still a lot of points to play for.’

Sammy Igoe, Sam Pearce, Steve Ramsey and Craig Braham-Barrett all remain doubtful due to injury.

The loss of Igoe would be a massive blow, as the experienced midfielder has been in fine form and one of the main creators of goals for the Hawks.

However, Newton is keen to return so he can face his brother, who lines up for the opposition.

The full-back could also find himself facing another familiar face – striker Mark Nwokeji.

The hitman signed for the Hawks from AFC Wimbledon, in the summer, as Gale looked to replace departed strikers Manny Williams and Mustafa Tyriaki.

He was expected to form a strike partnership with another new arrival, Lee Peacock, but failed to make an impact.

In the end, he made just two starts and failed to score before Gale released him.

No doubt he will be keen to prove a point to his former boss.

Gale said: ‘I am sure the player was disappointed by the fact we decided to let him go.

‘Things didn’t work out and I moved him on.

‘I am sure he will want to put one over on us and score.

‘We are determined to remain focused on what we do and won’t worry about them, though

‘It won’t be easy because they are down there scrapping for their lives.

‘They lost at Weston-super-Mare in midweek and will be desperate to turn things around.

‘Our season is finely balanced.

‘We have not had the greatest of starts and I understand some people’s frustrations but we have to remain realistic.

‘There are some important games coming up but our season won’t be decided between now and Christmas.

‘We have proved in the past that if you can get a good run of results going then you can push up the league quite quickly.’

Hawks: Beazely, Newton, Woodford, Holland, Pearce, McDonald, Hinshelwood, Ryan, Igoe, Ramsey, Whyte, Norton, Peacock, Braham-Barrett, Jones, Palmer, Geteskey, Pericard, Hopkinson