Ben Wright helped fire the Hawks back into the Vanarama Conference South play-off places with a 2-1 win over Eastbourne Borough at Westleigh Park on Saturday.
The debutant pounced on the stroke of half-time to stretch the home side’s lead after Bradley Bubb had put them in front in the 28th minute.
It was an assured Hawks bow from the striker, who only arrived from Eastleigh on Thursday.
And manager Lee Bradbury was delighted by his start.
‘I thought Ben Wright did well and obviously it was great for him to get a goal on his debut,’ said the boss.
‘He’s got good balance, likes to have the ball played to his feet and I was pleased with his overall contribution.
‘The lad hasn’t played a lot of football recently, so I brought him off after 65 minutes.
‘He just wants somewhere where he can play regularly, settle down and enjoy his football again.
‘It is an opportunity for him to knuckle down and make an impact.
‘When his chance came he wasn’t ball-watching and showed good anticipation to net the rebound.
‘It was a good start from him and it was great to see both our strikers get on the scoresheet.
‘That hasn’t been happening recently and it will only breed greater confidence.’
After the opening exchanges were evenly fought, it was the Hawks who made the all important breakthrough in the 28th minute.
Both teams had regularly been caught offside but when Ed Harris headed through to Bubb, the flag – much to Borough’s disgust – stayed down this time.
And the striker needed no second invitation and immediately tucked his shot into the corner of the net.
When the second Hawks goal arrived, it owed much to the exquisite skill of Scott Donnelly.
The midfielder noticed Lewis Carey had strayed fractionally off his line and delivered a perfectly measured chip that sailed over the Borough goalkeeper.
When the ball bounced back off the crossbar, Wright reacted quickest to fire the rebound home.
In the second half, the Hawks came under sustained pressure and were once again indebted to experienced goalkeeper Ryan Young.
More than once Young produced remarkable point-blank saves to keep Borough out.
Eventually Darren Lok reduced the arrears five minutes before full-time but the Hawks held out for three valuable points.
‘Borough threw the kitchen sink at us in the last half-hour and we found ourselves having more defending to do,’ said Bradbury.
‘They eventually got a goal to make it tense in the final five minutes but I felt it would have been unjust if we hadn’t won.
‘We passed the ball well and played some really good football at times.
‘It was an important win for us because Borough are just behind us in the league.’
Hawks: Young, Strugnell, Cummings (Blanchett, 75min), Stock, Dutton, Harris, Swallow (Huggins, 65min), Donnelly, Wright (Mullings, 65min), Bubb, Ryan. Att: 536