Hawks just can’t stop scoring

Hawks-Steven Ramsey in action''' Hawks vs Farnborough 29th Oct 2011 ' Dave Haines (Photo credit should read Picture/s by Dave Haines)
Hawks-Steven Ramsey in action''' Hawks vs Farnborough 29th Oct 2011 ' Dave Haines (Photo credit should read Picture/s by Dave Haines)
Craig McAllister. Picture: Keith Woodland

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The Hawks produced a powerful performance to inflict a 5-0 hammering on Blue Square Bet South strugglers Farnborough at Westleigh Park.

On-form striker Ollie Palmer’s double took his tally to seven goals in five games and he could easily have ended with a hat-trick.

Steve Ramsey also bagged a couple late on after Sammy Igoe had scored with an immaculate lob over the advancing goalkeeper.

Hawks manager Shaun Gale was delighted as his team recorded their second thumping win of the week but was thrilled most by his side’s clean sheet.

‘I’ve said all along that if we can keep the door locked at the back, we have got goals in this team,’ said Gale.

‘That is the way we want to play and it was proved again.

‘We had to be patient as Farnborough have just come off the back of an eight-goal defeat and that meant they were going to come and make it extra difficult for us.

‘They played some decent football at times but we stuck to our game plan.

‘Leading 1-0 at half-time, it was important we kept on the front foot and it was only a matter of time before we went on to take a grip. In the end we could have scored more.

‘The most pleasing thing for me was our clean sheet and we were made to work hard for it.

‘That’s a massive positive – I thought our defence was great.

‘I’m pleased for everyone because we targeted nine points this week and came away with seven.

Gale’s decision to stick with young strikers Palmer and Scott Jones paid dividends, with both showing a great appetite from the start.

Palmer made the breakthrough seven minutes before the interval, rising above the defence to guide his header underneath the crossbar from an Igoe corner.

Eight minutes into the second half, Palmer extended the lead after good work from Craig Braham-Barrett.

Palmer showed maturity beyond his years to hold off his marker before calmly rolling his shot wide of the keeper into the corner.

‘The two young lads up front have given us something different,’ said Gale

‘They are keeping some of the older more experienced players out of the side and they will get better.’

Igoe added a wonderful 62nd-minute goal.

Using his experience he unlocked the visitors’ offside trap before sending a perfectly-measured lob over the stranded goalkeeper from wide on the right.

Ramsey knocked in the fourth from close range 12 minutes from the end after Braham-Barrett had skipped along the byline, and in stoppage-time he put the icing on the cake with a fierce low 30-yard drive.

‘The players deserve some praise because they have been quite rightly criticised at times this season,’ said Gale.

Hawks: Beazely 7, Hinshelwood 7 (Newton 72mins), McDonald 7, Ramsey 8, Holland 8, Woodford 8, Braham-Barrett 7, Ryan 7, Jones 8 (Peacock 76mins), Igoe 8 (Whyte 82mins), Palmer 9.

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