Young: Hawks have nothing to lose

Hawks keeper Ryan Young. Picture: Mick Young (141563-43)
Hawks keeper Ryan Young. Picture: Mick Young (141563-43)
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Captain Ryan Young believes the Hawks have nothing to lose against Preston North End in the FA Cup.

The experienced keeper is confident the team will play the match, rather than the occasion in front of the live television cameras tonight.

Young said: ‘Though it is a big occasion we will be treating it as just another game.

‘It isn’t very often that you get the opportunity to play live on the television but I am sure the lads will go out there and take it in their stride.

‘We’ve got some big characters in the team and the changing room is good.

‘That is showing week in, week out with the team going out and fighting for each other.

‘We like to have a good laugh too.’

Young has made a huge impact since arriving at Westleigh Park in the summer from AFC Telford.

He commands his area and has produced a string of important saves.

Young is also a great communicator, helping organise the defenders.

He knows the majority will be expecting to see Preston in the next round.

But that means the Hawks can play without the shackles of pressure on the night.

Young will be doing his best to ensure he helps the Hawks achieve a famous upset – even if it involves conceding a few goals along the way.

He said: ‘I am my own harshest critic and I just don’t like conceding goals.

‘Keeping clean sheets is nice but I am more interested in winning games.

‘Winning 2-1 and 3-2 is more important than keeping a clean sheet.

‘I don’t think that we need to worry in this one because no one is expecting us to win.’