Loan-signing Godfrey Poku made a dream debut for the Hawks, scoring a hat-trick in their 3-1 National League South win at Oxford City tonight.
Poku, who arrived from Woking earlier today, scored twice in the opening eight minutes and added a third early in the second half.
It wasn’t such a great night for fellow debutant Theo Lewis – signed from Ebbsfleet United on loan – who was sent off after the break.
The 10-man Hawks held out for the final 20 minutes to claim their first away win of the season in the league.
Scott Donnelly and Ben Swallow dropped to the substitutes bench and there was no place in the squad for Adrian Clifton.
Poku wasted little time in making an impact, scoring twice in quick succession to leave the hosts shell-shocked.
It was just the confidence booster the Hawks needed looking for their first league win in nine games.
After three minutes, Matt Paterson picked the ball up on half-way, moved to the right and picked out Brian Stock infield.
Stock delivered a cross and Poku gave the goalkeeper little chance with a first-time volley.
Three minutes later, Poku’s cross-cum-shot caught Laurie Walker off his line and flew into the net.
The Hawks had an escape when Kynan Isaac’s cross from a tight angle bounced away off the crossbar.
As the interval approached Paterson forced a good save from home goalkeeper Walker.
The second half began in dramatic style with Oxford reducing the deficit within five minutes of the restart.
Hawks defender Brian Dutton failed to clear a cross leaving Adrian Santiago to hook the ball home from six yards.
Within two minutes the visitors hit back to restore their two-goal lead with Poku completing his hat-trick.
Paterson played the ball through and Poku ran into the area before burying a low shot into the bottom corner.
On 68 minutes, the game erupted into an ugly brawl following a dangerous lunging late tackle by debut-making Lewis.
When the dust settled Lewis was shown a straight red card and the Hawks were reduced to 10 men.
The Hawks were forced to fight a rearguard action for the final 20 minutes but held out for a welcome win.
Hawks: Young, Medway, Cummings, Stock, Dutton, McCarthy, Poku, Lewis, Paterson, Morgan, Hayter. Subs: Monthe, Donnelly, Thomson, Swallow, Molyneaux.