Gale: Eddie will give us much-needed bite

Hawks boss Shaun Gale. Picture: Dave Haines
Hawks boss Shaun Gale. Picture: Dave Haines
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Shaun Gale is ready to unleash his newest recruit on Boreham Wood at Westleigh Park (3pm).

Eddie Hutchinson joined the Hawks from Eastbourne Borough this week.

The aggressive midfielder joins central defender Joe Dolan, who made his debut at Dorchester last weekend, in the Hawks squad.

And Gale has admitted his recruitment drive may not be over, with a wide player top of his wish list.

Despite the fine 6-3 win over the Magpies, the Hawks still find themselves in an uncomfortable situation just five points above the drop zone.

Avoiding an end-of-season relegation dogfight is Gale’s main priority.

And he believes his new players will be key to that.

‘I have brought Eddie Hutchinson in because he is a big strong boy with a bit of experience,’ said Gale.

‘He is aggressive and at times that is something we have lacked. The lad can also play up front and that also increases our options.

‘With him in midfield and Joe Dolan in the middle at the back, it gives us a strong spine running through the team.

‘I thought Dolan did well last week. His experience rubbed off on the players around him and he gave us more of a voice on the pitch.

‘We now have players in the team who are good at attacking the ball which is what you need in this league.

‘The chairman has been great and allowed me to go out and bring the reinforcements in which we needed to do in our situation.

‘I would like to add another wide player and have made a couple of offers for players.’

It was a welcome three points at the Avenue Stadium last weekend but the Hawks know they cannot afford to rest on their laurels.

The teams below them have also strengthened in recent weeks and are starting to improve their results.

With three games against top-five sides to follow – two of them away from home – Gale knows it is vital they pick up all three points this weekend.

The Hawks beat Boreham Wood 1-0 on the opening day of the season and are aiming to complete a league double over their visitors.

A win would give them vital breathing space ahead of a difficult three games.

And while Gale reckons his men are more than capable of delivering the goods, he has warned them a fast start will be crucial.

‘We got a great result up at their place on the opening day of the season but that will count for nothing,’ said the Hawks boss.

‘Both teams have changed a lot but we know that they are a decent outfit and it won’t be easy.

‘We need to put some daylight between us and the bottom clubs and must look to carry on where we left off last week.

‘It is important that we are quickly out of the blocks and put Boreham Wood on the back foot.’

Full-back Jake Newton returns from international duty with Guyana.

And young striker Dan Thompson, who is on loan from neighbours Pompey, is back in contention.

Hawks: Beazley, McDonald, Newton, Dolan, Holland, Woodford, Arthur, Hinshelwood, Ramsey, Ryan, Hutchinson, Igoe, Jones, Palmer, Pearce Hopkinson, Whyte, Thompson