Gale weighs up how to strike

Hawks boss Shaun Gale
Hawks boss Shaun Gale
Hawks boss Lee Bradbury. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Hawks boss has grounds for concern

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Hawks boss Shaun Gale is pondering his attacking options ahead of tomorrow’s FA Cup third-qualifying-round tie at Weston-super-Mare (3pm).

Former Pompey striker Vincent Pericard, who is on a short-term deal at West-leigh Park, must decide whether he is happy to be cup-tied.

And if he makes himself available, Gale is likely to hand him a first start in a reshuffled front-line.

Ollie Palmer or the fit-again Scott Jones would partner the ex-Fratton Park hitman, with Lee Peacock given the green light to drop back into midfield.

Gale explained: ‘Vincent hasn’t agreed to play in the Cup yet but if he does he will be in with a very good shout of starting.

‘He got a good 90 minutes in our midweek friendly against a Royal Navy side.

‘A player of his experience will give us a quality presence up front.

‘He is a big, strong lad and frightens the life out of defenders.

‘Last week against Bromley he held the ball up well when he came on and is an old fashioned centre-forward who brings others into the game.

‘If he plays, one possibility is moving Lee Peacock back to beef up our midfield.’

The Hawks crashed to a 3-1 defeat at Woodspring Park earlier this season.

A disappointing second-half display handed the league victory to Weston.

But Gale sees no reason why his side can’t reverse their form.

‘We are going there with a stronger squad this time,’ he said.

‘We will, however, have to show a big improvement. It is vital we go back to our performances at Boreham Wood and Dover where we defended properly for the whole 90 minutes.

‘That gives us a platform. What we can’t afford is any more kamikaze defending because the spells of madness are killing us.’

Centre-back Chris Holland is fit again, while full-back Jake Newton also returns after his World Cup duty with Guyana.

The only injury doubt is winger Craig Braham-Barrett, who missed the last game with a groin strain.

Hawks: Beazely, Newton, McDonald, Holland, Woodford, Barrett, Igoe, Ramsey, Peacock, Pericard, Palmer, Jones, Braham-Barrett, Ryan, Whyte, Pearce, Hinshelwood, Ashmore