Striker insists Hawks will stay up

Ollie Palmer is confident the Hawks will stay up this season   Picture: Dave Haines
Ollie Palmer is confident the Hawks will stay up this season Picture: Dave Haines
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Striker Ollie Palmer is determined to help fire the Hawks to Blue Square Bet South safety, starting against his old club Woking tomorrow at Westleigh Park (3pm).

It is a tall order against a Woking side who have established a six-point lead at the top of the table and possess the best defensive record in the league.

Palmer, however, backs himself and his side to cause an upset.

‘We will stay up and I am determined to add to my goal tally,’ said Palmer.

‘Having scored 11 goals in 15 games, I am really happy with my goal ratio.

‘I love scoring goals and I am lucky enough to have that as my job.

‘My priority, though, is to keep working hard so the team win and if I score it is a bonus.

‘At the moment, though, the penny hasn’t dropped and we are conceding far too many goals early in games.

‘That means we end up having to score three or four goals to get anything from games.

‘Once we sort that out there will be some light at the end of the tunnel.

Palmer added: ‘The gaffer is doing a good job and we are all remaining positive.

‘We have to keep working hard and the results will come.

‘There is enough quality in our squad to make sure that we don’t go down.’

Palmer made an instant impact when he arrived at the club in October, scoring eight goals in as many games before going off the boil.

An injury and a family holiday in the Caribbean over Christmas slowed his progress but Palmer showed a fortnight ago at Dorchester that he was on his way back.

The forward grabbed a double in the 6-3 win and also claimed two assists as Steve Ramsey stole the limelight with four goals.

Palmer had a great chance to add to his tally late in the 2-0 loss at Sutton on Tuesday but was denied by an excellent save from the goalkeeper.

The Hawks are also still smarting from a surprise home defeat last weekend at the hands of Maidenhead and they can’t afford to give tomorrow’s opponents any extra encouragement.

Central defender Joe Dolan could be recalled after missing out on Tuesday with a slight knock, while full-back Jake Newton is expected to start after arriving too late at Sutton because of traffic problems.

Chris Holland, Sammy Igoe and Bobby Hopkinson are all receiving treatment to injuries but striker Scott Jones is available again after a one-match ban.

Hawks: Beazley, Newton, Dolan, Woodford, Pearce, Arthur, Hutchinson, Ramsey, Ryan, Igoe, Hopkinson, Palmer, Jones, Thompson, Holland, Hinshelwood.