Experienced Hawks defender Brian Dutton remains defiant despite the 2-0 first-leg defeat against Boreham Wood.
Dutton insists the Hawks shouldn’t be written off ahead of Saturday’s second leg in Hertfordshire.
‘We have won there once already this season and are capable of doing it again,’ said Dutton.
‘It was a disappointing result for us but we can turn it around.
‘I’ve been in the game long enough to know that it isn’t all over yet.
‘Boreham Wood came out of the blocks quickly and rocked us with an early goal.
‘Even though they scored another we remain optimistic we can do what needs to be done.
‘It is still only half-time in the tie and anyone will tell you 2-0 can be a dangerous lead.
‘Boreham Wood could be in two minds whether to defend it or look to push on.’
Dutton and the rest of the back four had a torrid evening against a lively strike-force on a pitch freshened up by heavy showers.
The visitors were quicker on the ball, particularly in the first 45 minutes and thoroughly deserved their lead.
‘They caught us on the hop with the early goal and it was quite frenetic,’ admitted Dutton.
‘Their strikers were a handful but I felt we came to terms with them better in the second half.
‘It was quite open at times and it was difficult at times to defend the wide open spaces.
‘We couldn’t get going in the first half and when we had the chances at the start of the second period we didn’t take them.
‘The second half was scrappy and that suited them.
‘We are confident we can score two goals in the second game but we will have to be better.’
The Hawks will have Ed Harris back in defence for the second leg to renew his partnership with Dutton.
They have been a formidable pair all season and have helped the Hawks to possess one of the league’s best defensive records.
So having them back will strengthen the Hawks resolve for the difficult task ahead.
– KEVIN RICKETTS