Palmer vows to make most of Woking return

Ollie Palmer celebrates a goal with his Hawks team-mates. Picture: Dave Haines
Ollie Palmer celebrates a goal with his Hawks team-mates. Picture: Dave Haines
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Ollie Palmer has a point to prove tomorrow.

The young Hawks striker is set to lead the line against Blue Square Bet South leaders Woking (3pm).

Palmer began the season at the Kingfield Stadium before he was deemed surplus to requirements and loaned out to Boreham Wood.

But the 19-year-old did not enjoy his time at Meadow Park and Hawks boss Shaun Gale came to the rescue.

Since his Westleigh Park arrival last month, Palmer has fired seven goals in five games.

And he returns to Woking tomorrow full of confidence.

‘I am really excited about going back and intend to make the most of the occasion,’ said Palmer.

‘At the start of the season, the manager Gary Hill was going with his more experienced strikers and I told him I needed to be playing football.

‘Luckily, the Hawks came in for me and things are going really well at the moment.

‘I’m a confidence player and the goals have been going in.

‘If I get a goal against Woking then great.

‘But if some of the other lads score and we come away with three points, it will be just as good. It is not all about me scoring goals – the whole team are working hard for each other and I think we have turned the corner.’

There is plenty of interest in Palmer, with League One outfit Charlton Athletic keeping an eye on his progress.

Gale is delighted with his progress and believes there is a lot more to come.

‘He has been like a breath of fresh air,’ said the boss.

‘I am not thinking about the interest from other clubs because he has only been with us a short time.

‘We don’t want to become known as a selling club but we also won’t stand in the way of players progressing if they get the chance.

‘He still has a lot to learn but I am convinced he will get better. Him and Scott Jones give us pace, energy and enthusiasm up front.

‘They put pressure on defenders and force mistakes.

‘This game is good for us and a challenge to see how far we have turned things around.

‘Woking are a good side and are not top by a fluke.

‘They possess players who can hurt opponents but we also have the quality to do the same to them.’

Craig Braham-Barrett is a doubt with a groin problem but Gale hopes to choose from a full-strength squad.

Hawks: Beazely, Newton, Woodford, Holland, Hinshelwood, McDonald, Ryan, Ramsey, Igoe, Braham-Barrett, Jones, Palmer, Pearce, Whyte, Peacock, Getesky, Pericard