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Shaun Gale Pre Dover replay

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By Henry Deacon (@H_Deaconmedia)

Hawks Assistant boss Shaun Gale believes that tomorrow’s FA Trophy replay against Dover Athletic can build up “momentum”.


Should the Hawks prevail tomorrow night, they will have a home tie against Harrogate Town on Saturday.


And Gale believes that the game has huge importance with the Hawks having ambitions of mixing our survival bid with a good run in the cup to keep up confidence in camp.


Gale said: “We know it’s a very tough game but it’s a game we want to win.


“The winners tomorrow night will get a home tie against a very good Harrogate side as well, but the most important thing for us is to build momentum, getting on a run of winning games and if we can go and win tomorrow night, it can set us up for a home tie again on Saturday, but we have to get past a very good Dover side who are in very good form.”


Although the priority might be to stay in The National League, a Trophy run would a great help for confidence and also on the financial side, where should the Hawks win tomorrow they will win £6,000 with a shot at gaining another £7,000 on Saturday.


That could be a key incentive for the Hawks.


“Our priority and most people’s priority is to stay in the league and it is the most important thing to stay in the league.


“But, there is no reason why we would take this competition lightly. It’s a competition which has Wembley at the end of it, and if we weren’t to play we would only train (on Saturday).


“It’s an opportunity to look at things and it’s a game we are looking forward to very much.”


With the draw in the first leg of the tie being at Crabble, Gale believes that home support could be a big factor at Westleigh Park tomorrow night.


“We’ve been half decent at home” – added Gale. “We’ve got some good results against some good teams and we would rather be at home than we would away, and we need to use that tomorrow night to beat Dover.”

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