'I must say credit to Crystal Palace because it looks amazing' - boss Paul Doswell blown away by recently opened academy complex as Torquay loanee shines in Hawks' win over Crystal Palace's under-23s

Attacker Jake Andrews continued his fine start to life as a Hawks player by taking centre stage in a friendly win over Crystal Palace under-23s.

By Lewis Mason
Thursday, 16th December 2021, 1:32 pm
Updated Thursday, 16th December 2021, 1:33 pm
Torquay loanee Jake Andrews, right, scored and bagged an assist in Hawks' friendly win over Crystal Palace under-23s. Picture: Marc Atkins/Getty Images
Torquay loanee Jake Andrews, right, scored and bagged an assist in Hawks' friendly win over Crystal Palace under-23s. Picture: Marc Atkins/Getty Images

The Torquay loanee levelled things up for the Hawks then teed up Scott Rendell to grab the winner from his free-kick as Paul Doswell's side ran out 2-1 winners yesterday.

The friendly was staged at Palace's recently opened multi-million pound academy complex and the Hawks boss felt it was an incredibly beneficial exercise.

With Doswell's side not in competitive action this weekend, they were faced with a 16-day break between their National League South win at Eastbourne Borough last Saturday and the Boxing Day trip to Dorking Wanderers.

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But Doswell believes his players will greatly benefit from the Crystal Palace run-out, with his squad now set for five days off.

‘We were 1-0 down at half time. Jake Andrews scored again with a little chip over the goalkeeper then Scott Rendell (got the winner) from a Jake Andrews free-kick, so an assist and goal for Jake,’ revealed Doswell.

‘He’s done ever so well, he’s fitted in ever so quickly - knowing the character of the lad I thought he would - he’s got the start that we all dreamed of really.

‘It was a lovely mix up from normal training, they looked after us, it was a beautiful pitch and excellent facilities. I must say credit to Crystal Palace because it looks amazing.

‘They had a fantastic inside dome, lovely 3G pitch and two wonderful hybrid pitches, so it was a nice mix-up.

‘It gave us another game so we didn’t have as long of a gap between the Dorking game. It was a worthwhile exercise, we thought.’

Full-back Benny Read got through 30 minutes as he continues to make solid progress following a long-absence with a shoulder injury.

Striker Alex Wall was 'close' to making his return from the ankle ligament damage he sustained at Charlton in the FA Cup, but complained of a calf problem upon arrival at Palace's academy complex.

Meanwhile, goalkeepers Ross Worner and Charlie Searle, along with Oxford United loanee Leon Chambers-Parillon, are all currently isolating after contracting Covid-19, although Doswell is hoping all three will be available for the trip to Dorking.