Hawks reach desperation point ahead of Maidenhead clash

Giuseppe Sole will serve the last of his two-match ban
Giuseppe Sole will serve the last of his two-match ban
Craig McAllister. Picture: Keith Woodland

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The Hawks are desperate for their game at Maidenhead United tonight to go ahead as they look to get their season back on track (7.45pm).

Shaun Gale’s side have not played for 10 days, and the lack of continuity is starting to take its toll.

The Hawks already face playing at least two games a week for the rest of the season, and further postponements will only make the situation worse.

‘It has been very bitty and because of that we have not been able to pick up any momentum,’ said boss Gale.

‘We play one week and then find ourselves going a couple of weeks without a game.

‘Because of that we have become a bit of a yo-yo side in terms of results.

‘It is going to be a challenging last two months but we have to show that we are up to that challenge.

‘That starts at Maidenhead, where we need to go and get something from the game.

‘The last few weeks have been frustrating and it would be good to take some of those frustrations out on Maidenhead.

‘We still have 18 games to play and games in hand on the teams above us.

‘If we win our games in hand it will put us right back in the mix for the play-offs.

‘I like to think that once we start getting games on we can put together a winning run.’

The Hawks are still without suspended striker Giuseppe Sole who, because of the weather, hasn’t been able to serve the second of his two-match ban.

Defender Sam Pearce is back from suspension but fellow defender Leon Cashman is unavailable due to his Royal Navy duties.

‘All we want to do is get playing again,’ said Gale.

‘It will be tough at Maidenhead because their manager always has them well organised.

‘We beat them 2-1 at our place recently, with a late goal from Sole giving us the points.

‘It was another occasion, though, where we nearly ended up throwing away two points because of our inability to kill teams off.

‘At Maidenhead we will have to take our chances when they come along.’

Hawks: Ashmore, Howe, Newton, Simpemba, Pearce, McDonald, Selley, Keehan, Igoe, Ramsey, Fogden, Tiryaki, Williams, Hinshelwood, Martin