Hungry Ayunga keen to hit goal trail for Hawks

Jonah Ayunga in action for the Hawks against Maidstone United  Picture: Chris Moorhouse
Jonah Ayunga in action for the Hawks against Maidstone United Picture: Chris Moorhouse
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Striker Jonah Ayunga has his sights set on scoring goals in his three-month spell at the Hawks

The 21-year-old has already scored twice in his three games since arriving from Sutton United on loan.

Now he wants to make the most of his time with the Westleigh Park outfit before he returns to Gander Green Lane.

'I am enjoying my football with the Hawks and have made a decent start,' said Ayunga.

'It was nice to get off the mark in my first game.

'The whole purpose of the loan is for me to come and get as many games under my belt as I can.

'That will help me get fully match fit and add to my experience.

'The manager believes that will be beneficial to both of us.

'I have played against the Hawks a few times in the league and the manager had his eye on me from those.

'The ideal scenario is to do well with the Hawks and then go back to Sutton and try to nail down a place in their side.'

Ayunga played his youth football in Dorset, before joining Dorchester Town in 2015.

The following year Brighton paid the Dorset club £40,000 for his services.

During his time with the Seagulls, the front man spent a period playing in Ireland with Sligo Rovers and Galway United.

This spell across the Irish Sea was cut short when he suffered a broken leg and spent nine months on the sidelines.

He joined Sutton United after being released by the Seagulls in the summer.

When summer recruit Alfie Pavey was sold to Dover Athletic at the end of last month, Bradbury immediately replaced him with Ayunga.

He scored on his debut in the 5-2 win against Maidstone United and added another opportunist goal in the 3-1 defeat at Dagenham & Redbridge.

Bradbury sees the striker as a fine prospect.

'Jonah has been lively and done exactly what I thought he would do,' said the manager.

'He is powerful and quick, but still learning about the game a bit.

'His attitude is great and he is very keen to learn.

'The way he moves up front causes defenders a lot of problems.

'His pace and ability to run at people stretches the play.

'At six-foot-three, though, he could be better aerially.

'That is a side of the game he needs to acquire as a target man.'