New Hawks strikers shoot down Supermarine

James Hayter, left. Picture: Joe Pepler
James Hayter, left. Picture: Joe Pepler
Hawks boss Lee Bradbury. Picture: Neil Marshall

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Lee Bradbury praised the impact of new strikers Matt Paterson and James Hayter after the Hawks duo came off the bench to secure a 2-0 pre-season friendly win over Swindon Supermarine.

Paterson arrived at Westleigh Park from National League South rivals Gosport Borough last month, with veteran goalscorer Hayter stepping down from League football with Yeovil to pen a deal on the south coast.

And the Hawks’ new-look forward line enjoyed a fruitful second-half outing at their Southern League opponents, turning a lifeless game on its head to inspire a comfortable victory.

Boss Bradbury said: ‘It was another good work out on a nice pitch against useful opposition.

‘I was pleased to see two of my new strikers getting on the scoresheet with well-taken goals.

‘After including a few of the youngsters in the first half, I put a more experienced looking side out for the second 45 minutes.

‘The players are starting to get to know each other better and I felt the second half was the best we have played so far.

‘In the end, we could easily have scored a few more goals.’

Supermarine were first to threaten, with Hawks goalkeeper Charlie Searle called into action to tip a Josh Moore shot over the bar.

Scott Donnelly went closest for the Hawks in a largely uneventful first-half, with a free-kick which flashed past the angle of post and crossbar.

Bradbury rang the changes at the break, sending on four new boys – Paterson, Hayter, Marvin Morgan and Adrian Clifton for the second half.

Brian Stock, Dan Blanchett and Ed Saunders also entered the fray.

Morgan had a good chance eight yards out, but Swindon stopper Matt Bulman saved well at his feet, before Clifton had the keeper scrambling.

The visitors did break the deadlock in the 68th minute, though, when Paterson left Bulman stranded with a precise lob into the net.

Second-best Supermarine were restricted to counter-attacks, with Morris firing wastefully wide for the hosts.

And the Hawks made them pay, confirming the win in style 10 minutes from time.

Stock sent a quickly-taken free-kick through the defence and the alert Hayter lashed the ball home from 10 yards to seal an impressive second-half display in Wiltshire.

After the game, Bradbury confirmed he would not be offering triallist defender Saunders a deal after three appearances with the Hawks.

‘The lad did well but I am happy with the defenders that are already at the club and he wouldn’t get the regular football he wants,’ said Bradbury.