Boss challenges Hawks to clean up their act

Hawks boss Shaun Gale. Picture: Dave Haines
Hawks boss Shaun Gale. Picture: Dave Haines
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Shaun Gale has challenged the Hawks side to keep a clean sheet tomorrow.

Newly-promoted Sutton United visit Westleigh Park in the Blue Square South (3pm).

Gale is desperate to put the brakes on a disappointing start to the campaign, which has seen his men lose five of their seven games so far.

The Hawks have shipped 15 goals in the process – keeping a single clean sheet in the opening-day win at Boreham Wood.

And the boss has told his men it’s time to tighten up.

‘We have to do better and start winning football matches,’ said Gale.

‘It is important we turn the corner and we have to make sure we keep a clean sheet.

‘Ever since I have been with the club, defensively we have been very solid.

‘So the current sit-uation is massively disappoint-ing.

‘I am not happy with the results so far but some of the performances deserved better.

‘Last week at Eastbourne was a big improvement defensively and we deserved to get something out of the game.

‘If we had scored when we were on top in the first half it might have been different.

‘The two Eastbourne goals were probably the two best goals scored against us this season.

‘A lot of the others have been what I would call “gimmes”.

‘We have gifted them to the opposition.

‘But the players have been working hard in training and are determined to iron out the problems.’

One of the casualties of the early defensive problems has been young goalkeeper Nathan Ashmore.

He lost his place to the more experienced Lyall Beazely last weekend.

Gale still has every confidence in the Portsmouth-based keeper but felt he needed to be taken out of the firing line.

Beazely made a competent debut and is likely to keep his place tomorrow.

If Gale’s defensive options were not so limited a few more might have suffered the same fate.

Resources are, however, boosted by the return of full-back Jake Newton from World Cup duty with Guyana.

And John McDonald is back from injury.

Still out, though, are Steve Ramsey, who is serving the second game of a five-match ban, Paul Hinshelwood, with a dislocated elbow and striker Mark Nwokeji, who hasn’t trained.

‘I am trying to juggle things around to get a couple of players out so that I can bring a couple in and improve the squad ,’ said Gale.

‘We are massively light in certain areas and I am targetting a central midfield player.

‘In our last home game against Truro we put in a good performance to win 4-1.

‘I am looking for us to get out of the blocks early again and play at the same tempo because Truro couldn’t deal with it.

‘Two of our next three games are at home and if we can get the right results it will put a different picture on things.’

Hawks: Beazely, Newton, Ryan, Pearce, Woodford, Holland, Igoe, Fogden, Braham-Barrett, Okus, Peacock, Jones, Arthur, Whyte, Eberendu, Ashmore