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