Gale keen to build on Dartford win

Steve Ramsey is in line to return against Lewes
Steve Ramsey is in line to return against Lewes
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The Hawks are aiming to build on their 1-0 victory over Dartford on Tuesday night with a win against Lewes this Saturday.

And Shaun Gale is determined to put on a good show in the final three fixtures of their Blue Square South campaign.

The West Leigh Park boss is expecting his players to show the same intensity they did during the week as the season draws to a close.

Wes Fogden’s 17th strike of the season in the midweek game against Dartford was enough to earn the three points for the Hawks.

It was the side’s first win in six games and Gale now wants the Hawks to kick on and gather as many points as they can before the end of the season.

‘We’ll approach this game in a professional manner,’ he said.

‘We’ve got three games left and we want maximum points.’

Lewes currently sit second from bottom of the table.

But Gale has warned his side – which should feature Steve Ramsey and Sam Pearce who have recovered from knocks – against complacency.

Lewes are just three points from safety and still have everything to play for.

‘Well, they’re really struggling,’ said the former Pompey defender.

‘They’re fighting for their lives – it won’t be easy.’

Lewes have five points from their previous three matches but having scored the fewest goals in the league, they will have to be at their best to beat the Hawks.

Goals are also something Gale admits have been a problem this season.

But he was impressed with young Bobby Scott’s first start against Dartford on Tuesday and is looking forward to using him this weekend.

‘It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work it out – we haven’t scored enough this year,’ said the boss.

‘I’m pleased as punch with Bobby, he didn’t stop running on Tuesday night.

‘He’ll start this weekend – if not against Lewes then against St Albans on Monday.

Following the game against Lewes is the Hawks’ annual award ceremony, with supporters welcome.

And Gale is looking forward to the ceremony, hoping to see some new faces.

‘I enjoy talking to the old faces but it would be great to see some new ones, too,’ he said.

‘It’s a great opportunity for the players to mix with the fans and we hope to get a great turnout.’

HAWKS: Howe, Hinshelwood, McDonald, Ramsey, Pearce, Simpemba, Fogden, Cashman, Williams, Scott, Igoe, Sewell, Sole, Tiryaki, Tyrrell, Ashmore.