Young: Heavy defeat was a massive learning curve for Hawks

Hawks keeper Ryan Young Picture: Ian Hargreaves
Hawks keeper Ryan Young Picture: Ian Hargreaves
Ollie Pearce scored for Bognor in their match today. Picture: Tommy McMillan

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Hawks captain Ryan Young believes the 3-0 FA Cup defeat against Preston North End will only make them stronger.

It was a frustrating night for boss Lee Bradbury and the players.

Preston scored early on and controlled the match, with the Hawks finishing with only nine players after Brian Stock and Warren Cummings were sent off.

But keeper Young, who was the star performer for the Hawks on the night, feels the players have learnt a lot.

He said: ‘It was a very difficult game for us because Preston are a top side.

‘We have to view it as a learning curve, coming up against some quality players.

‘Their lad who grabbed a hat-trick, Callum Robinson, was a different class.

‘His early goal was a big blow but to his credit he finished it well.

‘After that we felt we had nothing to lose and could have a go for it.

‘Unfortunately, they scored a second goal with another good finish, though we shouldn’t have allowed them to get a cross into the box the way they did. It was an uphill task after that.

‘We had a couple of unfortunate sending offs and then they did what professional teams do.

‘They passed the ball, made us run around, tired us out and killed it off a little bit.

‘I thought the first sending off was harsh because Brian Stock has only made two tackles all game and got booked for both of them.

‘We are very lucky people to be in our position and get the chance to play in front of live television cameras.

‘There are lots of players who would love to have our opportunity.

‘I feel very privileged to have done that in front of family and friends.’

Young is now determined to help the Hawks achieve promotion this season.

They have made a strong start to the season in the Vanarama Conference South and will aim to quickly get back to top form.

‘We will get back into training later this week, dust ourselves down, work hard and go again,’ said Young.

‘Our priority is getting out of Conference South.’