Hawks keen to finish job off

Hawks striker Vincent Pericard
Hawks striker Vincent Pericard
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The Hawks will be keen to finish the job off when they take on Southern League Weymouth in their FA Trophy replay at Westleigh Park tonight (7.45pm).

A potential home tie against Chippenham Town or Eastleigh awaits the winners of tonight’s tie, with the Hawks keen to renew their rivalry with Ian Baird’s Spitfires.

Chippenham and Eastleigh’s replay will also be played tonight after nothing could separate the two sides at the weekend.

It was a similar tale at the Bob Lucas Stadium, where the Hawks returned home from, relieved to get a second bite of the cherry.

Only a fantastic save from goalkeeper Lyall Beazley and the woodwork saved the Hawks from an ignominious exit.

Weymouth showed they will be no pushovers, and Hawks manager Shaun Gale knows his side need to buck their ideas up if they are to progress.

‘We were massively disappointed by our second-half performance at Weymouth and need some players to perform a lot better,’ said Gale.

‘It is vital that we make the most of home advantage but know it won’t be easy.

‘Weymouth showed they are a decent side and will still fancy their chances of causing an upset.

‘At Weymouth, we didn’t pass the ball well enough and in the second half allowed them to dictate the tempo of the game.

‘That gave them the confidence to take the game to us and they did it well.

‘To be fair, we made it too easy for them and never put them under any sustained pressure.

‘We didn’t utilise the potential in our side to hurt them and have to make sure that this time we turn the screw and make life difficult for them.’

The gamble to start with Craig Braham-Barrett failed to pay off and an early knock on an existing ankle injury left him struggling to make any impact.

Resulting ligament damage makes him a doubt, alongside central defender Sam Pearce who was also forced off with an ongoing groin problem.

Up front, Scott Jones remains unlikely to figure due to a calf problem, while the situation regarding striker Vincent Pericard remains a mystery.

Pericard missed the first game due to a prior engagement and Gale still isn’t sure if the former Pompey striker will make himself available for the replay.

With £4,000 awarded to the winners, the Hawks will be desperate to progress and earn the opportunity to make further financial gains in the following rounds.

‘Financially, it is important to the club because any extra money coming in is useful,’ said Gale.

‘This competition is a great opportunity for us and we will be doing everything in our power to progress.

‘In previous seasons, we have reached the quarter and semi-finals and it will be nice to have another good run.’

Hawks: Beazley, Hinshelwood, McDonald, Ryan, Holland, Woodford, Igoe, Ramsey, Palmer, Peacock, Braham-Barrett, Whyte, Geteski, Pearce, Hopkinson, Newton, Pericard