Ahead of the Hawks’ home league game against Chippenham Town, we sat down with Assistant Manager Shaun Gale to talk about the injuries occurred against Moneyfields and the game against Chippenham.
Giving us an injury update Shaun said that “With Alfie Rutherford it was a nasty injury, we will wait for that to settle down and will probably need a scan to decide what is wrong with his knee, he will be out for a while. Dan Strugnell picked up a hamstring injury unfortunately and he will be out for a couple of weeks too. And with Wes he’s has an injury to his knee and as it stands we could be without all three and definitely two of them for Saturday.”
And the Hawks assistant is understandably frustrated with the timing of the injuries ahead of a busy Christmas period. “We are not blessed with the biggest of squads and if you lose three players like that it is going to take its toll on us because we are looking back at Marley Ridge who himself is injured so it makes it difficult. We still have two players on loan in James Hayter and Lee Molyneaux so it is looking a little bit threadbear.”
It will be a similar test though against Chippenham to that Tuesday with a side that are very physical. “They were promoted last year and they have got some good players and their front two players are a threat and are that physical and strong side which will play a certain way and make it difficult to break down. But we have played well at home this season, haven’t always got the result that we wanted and we want to make sure that home advantage counts. It will be a tough game but we have to do the right things.”
And the home crowd could play a big part in tomorrow’s proceedings. “For the lads they want to play in front of a big crowd, it spurs them on, the vocality of them and even when things are going quite right it’s important they keep getting behind them and make some noise and make a good atmosphere for the boys will make a massive difference.”
Hawks host Chippenham in the Vanarama National League South tomorrow afternoon with a 3PM kick-off and instead of “Going Christmas shopping, come to Westleigh Park” in the famous words of Shaun Gale. Tickets £13 Adults, £9 Concessions & £5 PFC Season ticket holders.