Gale refuses to panic as Hawks chase new keeper

Former Hawks keeper Clark Masters. Picture: Dave Haines
Former Hawks keeper Clark Masters. Picture: Dave Haines
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Gale: Hawks hunger will not be in doubt

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Shaun Gale insists there is no need to panic as the Hawks return to training without a goalkeeper.

The Westleigh Park club have so far failed to recruit a replacement for Clark Masters, who left for Tonbridge Angels at the end of last season.

The two other young keepers at the club, Dan Thomas and Matt Pegler, were also released.

So with the first pre-season friendly – home to Wycombe Wanderers – on July 6, some fans are getting nervous.

‘We are very close to doing a deal with a player and are just waiting for a couple of things to happen,’ said Hawks assistant manager Gale. ‘Everything is in hand and I am one 100-per-cent certain we will have a keeper in place for our opening friendly.

‘The person we are after is an experienced keeper.

‘We have a relatively young back four, so it is important we get some experience in.

‘Clark Masters did an excellent job for us but work commitments meant he needed to move closer to home.’

Former Hawks keeper Nathan Ashmore left the club for Gosport Borough in the 2011-12 season and will line up against his old club in Blue Square Bet South this term.