Lightning strikes twice and so does Palmer for Hawks

Ollie Palmer. Picture: Dave Haines
Ollie Palmer. Picture: Dave Haines
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Two GOALS from Ollie Palmer helped the Hawks earn a thrilling 3-3 draw at Truro City last night.

The striker netted twice in the second half to seal a Blue Square Bet South point.

The Hawks trailed 2-0 before Palmer got his first.

Truro restored their two-goal lead from the penalty spot. But Christian Nanetti fired in a superb free-kick and, two minutes from time, Palmer headed in at the near post to earn a draw.

Assistant-manager Barry Blankley was pleased with the resilience of the side.

Yet he accused the players of making life difficult for themselves with sloppy play.

‘All three of the goals we conceded we’re give-aways,’ said Blankley.

‘If you score three goals away from home you should be coming away with a win.

‘Our opening two games have shown that we are a side who will keep going to the end.

‘It shows the resilience and character in the squad.

‘But we have to stop putting ourselves in a position where we have to chase games.’

The Hawks took some time to get their long journey to Cornwall out of their system and were below par in the opening 45 minutes.

They paid the price for their lethargy on 18 minutes.

Andy Watkins put the home side ahead following hesitant defending from the visitors.

‘We didn’t get started for the first 35 minutes and that was disappointing,’ added Blankley.

Watkins profited again from poor defending in the 48th minute to leave the Hawks in deep trouble at 2-0 down.

Palmer refused to give up, though, showing the same fighting quality he had in the opening match of the season last weekend, when he earned the Hawks a point against Chelmsford City.

And he was in the right place to reduce the deficit to 2-1, after a mix-up in the home defence.

A Chris Arthur foul resulted in Truro’s third goal 20 minutes from the end.

But Nanetti kept the Hawks believing with a stunning free-kick within two minutes.

And for the second consecutive game, Palmer struck at the death to seal a point.

Hawks: Masters; Newton, Page, Harris, Arthur, Bailey, Hutchinson, Ramsey (Taggart), Nanetti, Palmer, Jones (Moss)