Kabba double will do for Hawks to see off Cherries

Sahr Kabba came off the bench to bag a double in the Hawks' win over Bournemouth   Picture: Dave Haines
Sahr Kabba came off the bench to bag a double in the Hawks' win over Bournemouth Picture: Dave Haines
Hawks striker Jason Prior celebrates hitting the target for the first time since November. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (181103-1)

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The Hawks came from a goal down to get the better of AFC Bournemouth in a 3-1 win at Westleigh Park.

The second-half introductions of Sahr Kabba and Steve Ramsey proved key, as the former bagged a double, while Ollie Palmer was also on target.

Kabba was a summer recruit from Weston-super-Mare and believes he is getting fitter ahead of the Hawks’ new Blue Square Bet South campaign.

The striker said: ‘I’m feeling sharper as I have been struggling with my fitness.

‘I was delighted to make the move this summer. I got 15 goals in an injury-hit season last time and think I can do more this time.’

Bournemouth’s Wes Thomas was the shining star in the opening 45 minutes.

On 15 minutes, a long ball forward by Bailey Cargill found Thomas just outside the area. The dangerous forward slipped inside his marker and comfortably put the ball past a helpless Clark Masters.

Ten minutes later, Masters got his revenge, turning Thomas’ low shot around his far post.

The Hawks started with two triallists in midfield – Ryan Wignall and Steffan Bailey – as they rested squad members ahead of today’s five-day trip of Ireland. That will include matches against the Garda on Saturday and UC Dublin the following day.

Bailey shot narrowly over the bar just past the half-hour mark and was proving influential in the midfield with some no-nonsense tackling.

That was seen when he battled for a loose ball with Steve Fletcher, which led to the Bournemouth stalwart going off injured.

The match changed in the 55th minute with a double Hawks substitution – Kabba and Ramsey coming on.

Minutes later, Ramsey’s 35-yard cross-field pass was well controlled by the pacy Kabba who levelled with a powerful low shot.

Ten minutes later, Kabba strolled along the right-hand byline, drawing the defence towards him, before his square pass to Palmer gave the Hawks target-man his third goal in three matches.

And Palmer then returned the favour, chasing down a defender and forcing an error, enabling Kabba to send in a low shot which deflected over keeper Daryl Flahavan.

HAWKS (starting XI): Masters, Hinshelwood, Arthur, Hutchinson, Pearce, Harris, Wignall, Bailey, Moss, Palmer, Taggart