Arthur: Hawks can put Hayes to the sword

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Chris Arthur is confident that the Hawks will net their first win of the season when they host Hayes & Yeading at Westleigh Park tonight (7.45pm).

The full-back, who has been an ever-present in Stuart Ritchie’s side so far, believes the weekend display at Staines showed the side is improving.

And he reckons they can grab their maiden Blue Square Bet South win of the season in front of the home fans tonight.

‘We deserved a lot more than the draw at Staines,’ he said.

‘I felt we were stitched up by the referee.

‘The game showed that the side is prepared to turn the corner and do a bit better.

‘We controlled most of the game but suffered from not taking our chances and conceding another sloppy set-piece goal.

‘We have a good squad and have to keep going. Our first win is not far away and we are determined it will be in our next game.’

Arthur has given the Hawks a powerful attacking threat down the left flank with his pace and ability to burst past defenders on the outside.

Now Ritchie’s side must start to capitalise on the chances they are creating.

After Ollie Palmer put the Hawks in front at Staines they squandered a couple of clear-cut chances to extend their lead before conceding an equaliser.

The appearance of Sahr Kabba – in the starting line-up for the first time – after a hamstring injury made a big difference.

The diminutive striker’s pace caused Staines problems and when he is match-sharp he will prove a major threat.

Ritchie was also impressed with debutant midfielder Arron Dawson, who has arrived on a month-long loan from Exeter City.

‘I thought Arron made a big difference to our midfield,’ said the Hawks boss.

‘He was everywhere and some of his passing was outstanding.’

But one area the Hawks will look to improve is their discipline. At Staines, they picked up five yellow cards and two reds – the majority for dissent.

As a result, suspensions will hit the Hawks hard in coming weeks.

Hayes& Yeading will present the Hawks with a stiff test having drawn both their away games this season.

The south London side are currently fifth in the table after being relegated from the Blue Square Bet Premier at the end of last season.

Hawks midfielder Eddie Hutchinson hopes to be fit after limping off with a muscle strain early in the Staines clash.

Fellow midfield player Stefan Bailey is ruled out by a three-week suspension.

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