Gale expects no sporting kindness this time

Wes Fogden is allowed to run through to score against Boreham Wood in January
Wes Fogden is allowed to run through to score against Boreham Wood in January
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The Hawks won’t be expecting any further sporting gestures as they make the trip to relegation-battling Boreham Wood (3pm).

When the two sides met in January at West Leigh Park, the Hertfordshire club allowed Wes Fogden a free run on goal to score moments after they had accidentally knocked the ball past Hawks keeper Aaron Howe and into the goal when returning the ball after an injury.

The Hawks won’t expect such generosity from the Boreham Wood defence again as the hosts look for a clean sheet in their bid to avoid relegation.

Boreham Wood are just four points above the drop-zone and fighting for their lives, while the Hawks are virtually resigned to missing out on the play-offs again.

The home defeat by Chelmsford and 0-0 draw against Dover in midweek has left Shaun Gale’s men clutching at straws and, although mathematically they are still not out of it, realistically it is extremely unlikely.

However, Gale insists there will be no letting up as his side go into the final run-in.

‘Realistically, the chance of making the play-offs has gone,’ he admitted.

‘But we will go to Boreham Wood in a positive frame of mind, as we approach any game.

‘Boreham Wood are in a position they don’t want to be in so we are expecting a very tough game.

‘We have never been there before so we don’t know what to expect but our away record is very good.

‘The aim is to pick up as many points as we can between now and the end of the season to finish as high up the league as possible.’

On Monday night against Dover, the Hawks’ failings in front of goal yet again cost them dear in a frenetic end-to-end encounter.

‘There is no secret that we are eight or nine points away from where we want to be because we haven’t scored enough goals,’ added Gale.

‘The old saying “you are only as good as your strikers” rings true in our case.

‘We have needed more goals in the big games.

‘The lads gave their all again in both games and the level of commitment from them is fantastic.

‘We must do the same tomorrow to get the three points and see where it takes us.

‘There are still 21 points to play for and sides do slip up.’

Steve Ramsey is a doubt after coming off in the second half against Dover with a tight hamstring but James Tyrrell, who missed Monday night with a similar problem, hopes to be back in the squad.

Full-back Jon McDonald is still suspended.

‘We will go to Boreham Wood with our strongest side and I have no intention of turning things upside down at this stage,’ said Gale.

‘There are some youngsters who deserve to get a chance at some stage and their turn will come.’

Hawks: Howe, Newton, Simpemba, Pearce, Hinshelwood, Selley, Igoe, Ramsey, Fogden, Sole, Williams, Tiryaki, Scott, Robson, Tyrrell, Sewell, Ashmore