Palmer confident as Hawks host Cherries

Ollie Palmer netted the winner against Sholing. Picture: Mick Young (122150-06)
Ollie Palmer netted the winner against Sholing. Picture: Mick Young (122150-06)
Steve Ramsey scored for AFC Portchester in their defeat at Amesbury Town. Picture: Keith Woodland

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Ollie Palmer is hoping to build on his encouraging start to pre-season as the Hawks host AFC Bournemouth at Westleigh Park tonight (7.45pm).

The 6ft 5in striker has scored in each of the club’s last two friendlies – a 1-1 draw with Bognor and a 1-0 triumph over Sholing.

He puts his promising form in front of goal down to a busy summer and has vowed to make amends for a frustrating campaign last term.

The former Woking hitman said: ‘I have worked very hard this summer and been in the gym a lot.

‘I made a few mistakes last season but hope to add more to my all-round game this time around.’

The visit of Bournemouth to Westleigh Park is part of the deal that saw former fans’ favourite Wes Fogden join the League One outfit last year.

Fogden will be missing from the visitors’ line-up tonight, however, due to a shoulder injury he sustained late last season.

The dynamic 24-year-old is making a positive recovery and hopes to return well before Christmas.

For the Hawks, Christian Nanetti will miss out after suffering a thigh strain in the weekend’s triumph over Sholing.

His chances of making the first league match – at home to Chelmsford City – on Saturday, August 18, are unlikely, too.

Nanetti joins former Bournemouth goalkeeper Dan Thomas on the sidelines for the Hawks.

Meanwhile, Westleigh Park goalkeeping coach Pat Lawrence will enjoy seeing a few familiar faces.

He is helping the Cherries Academy goalkeepers on a part-time basis, on top of his work with the Hawks.

Alongside Fogden, Bournemouth have also plucked Harry Arter and Matt Tubbs from Blue Square Bet South clubs – Woking and Salisbury respectively.

The Cherries have been busy around the local football scene in recent weeks.

New-signing Josh McQuoid hit a hat-trick at the weekend against Winchester City.

His strikes capped a magnificent display and sealed a 3-1 victory.

Donal McDermott is also looking lively in pre-season.