Gale: Start doing your jobs

Hawks boss Shaun Gale
Hawks boss Shaun Gale
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Shaun Gale is demanding his Hawks side toughen up as they visit Maidenhead United tonight in the Blue Square Bet Conference South (7.45pm).

The Hawks boss was left fuming after his side threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 against Sutton United at the weekend.

The stalemate was the latest in a series of disappointing results for the Hawks this season.

Just two wins from their opening eight games has been a poor return.

The Hawks find themselves sitting uncomfortably in 17th place and Gale accepts it isn’t good enough.

‘I need players to be bigger, braver and stronger,’ said Gale.

‘It is time to dig in and see what some of the players are made of.

‘It is time for some players to start doing their jobs and doing it for the whole 90 minutes.

‘We are allowing teams to dictate to us and get themselves back into games.

‘I am pleased we have got this game coming so quickly after Saturday because it gives us a chance to put a few things right.’

Maidenhead won’t be a place for feint hearts as the home side will be keen to make up for their first defeat in six games after losing 3-1 to Weston-super-Mare on Saturday.

The Hawks will also need to be wary of a familiar face – striker Manny Williams, who is back at York Road after leaving Westleigh Park at the end of last season.

Williams did not have a great final year at the Hawks, with his goals drying up.

But Gale, who will have to reshuffle his defence with Steve Ramsey still suspended and Ryan Woodfood joining him on the sidelines after his red card against Salisbury, knows that on his day, few are deadlier inside the six-yard box.

To counteract the threat of Williams, Gale is likely to ask Sam Pearce to join Chris Holland in the middle of the back four.

Jon McDonald returned from injury as a late substitute at the weekend and is back in contention, while Lee Peacock and Neil Barrett should be stronger after coming through the Sutton match.

‘I am looking for us to get something from the game,’ said Gale, who is refusing the throw the towel in after the Hawks’ disappointing start to the season.

‘We have to do better and recently we have not been helping ourselves. As angry as I was with some of the players on Saturday, I refuse to be downbeat.

‘I have spent the best part of 10 years at this club during which time we have come a long way.

‘There is a lot of negativity in some areas and that isn’t helping.

‘We have worked hard to get where we are and I am not going to see that thrown away.’

Hawks: Beasely, Newton, Arthur, Ryan, Holland, Pearce, Fogden, Barrett, Peacock, Igoe, Braham-Barrett, McDonald, Jones, Okus, Ashmore.