Gale looking for quick response against Dartford

Striker Giuseppe Sole, left, was lively for Hawks against Braintree
Striker Giuseppe Sole, left, was lively for Hawks against Braintree
Ollie Pearce scored for Bognor in their match today. Picture: Tommy McMillan

Bognor get first win in six months

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Shaun gale is confident Hawks will hit back tonight after their 2-0 defeat at league-leaders Braintee Town.

The loss made it three Blue Square South defeats on the bounce for Gale’s men.

But they have a chance to put things right tonight with a home game against Dartford (7.45pm).

‘Losing three consecutive games is not good and it is down to us to bounce back,’ said Gale.

‘It is important that we do so because we want to finish as high as possible.

‘If our second-half showing at Braintree is anything to go by, then we should get the wins that we are looking for.’

The Hawks’ fate at Braintree was settled in the first 19 minutes when they conceded twice and, after that, it was always going to be an uphill task for a side struggling to score goals.

Braintree made an aggressive start, pinning the visitors back from the opening whistle and they were rewarded after just four minutes.

The Hawks defence stood off Kenny Davis on the edge of the area and the Braintree forward fired a low drive under keeper Nathan Ashmore and into the net.

That signalled the start of a period of intense pressure for the hosts and Cliff Akurang lifted the ball across the box for Glenn Poole to fire over the top.

The Hawks replied with a superb attempt from Giuseppe Sole that Iron keeper Nathan McDonald was forced to push wide.

Then, after 19 minutes, the Braintree pressure paid off and the Hawks were punished again when they twice failed to clear their lines.

As a result, Braintree were able to get in a cross for the unmarked Sean Marks to send a downward header past Ashmore, leaving the Hawks contemplating a hiding.

‘To be fair for the first 25 minutes we weren’t at the races,’ said Gale.

‘We stood off them and showed them far too much respect.

‘Again we allowed them to bully us out of it particularly for their second goal.’

Slowly but surely, though, the Hawks gained a foothold in the game and Sole was unlucky when he fired a shot against the post on the half-hour.

The half-time interval allowed the Hawks to regroup and it was a different story after the break with the Hawks taking the game to their hosts.

But once again it was the Hawks’ failings in front of goal that let them down.

‘We battered them in the second half and deserved to get something from the game,’ said Gale.

‘Once again though we couldn’t get the ball in the net and that has been our weakness all season.’

Steve Ramsey and Jon McDonald both missed out because of ankle problems and remain doubtful for tonight’s game against Dartford.

Gale will also be without defender Jake Newton as his partner is due to give birth.

Hawks: Ashmore ; Newton, Tyrrell (Scott 86mins), Hinshelwood, Pearce, Simpemba, Fogden, Igoe, Sole, Tiryaki (Williams 86mins), Sewell.