From the Manager

Player-coach Simon Walton expects the Hawks to be at it from the get go in their play-off semi-final against Dartford tomorrow. 

After four months without a competitive game, it’s the first fixture since March 14 for Paul Doswell’s side when they beat Dorking Wanderers 2-1 away from home. 

It’s perhaps ironic that the following fixture due to be played before the suspension of football came into place, would have been at home to tomorrow’s opponents in the Darts. 

But Walton knows that the situation is unique, and that it’s something that needs to be dealt with and not used as an excuse. 

“Usually when you have a mini pre-season you build into it gently, but we’re straight back into it. 

“It is what it is, there’s no point going around the scenarios around it, every team in the play-offs have to deal with it.

“We’ve prepared the best that we can, everything has gone to plan, and every player is fit which is a bonus to any club coming back into this situation. 

“We’re not using it as an excuse, it is a one off, we’ve prepared the best we can and we will be ready come Saturday.”

With the game behind closed doors, Walton wants the fans to be responsible, but to make sure they savour the occasion. 

“I hope they (the fans) enjoy it, like they have done all season. 

“It goes without saying we’d rather have them here and have that home advantage, where we would have expected 3,500-4,000 people at the ground which would have been a different kettle of fish. 

“They’re support all season has been a massive reason for getting us to where we are, so hopefully we can get a positive result for them and go again next week. 

“But, it is one game at a time, hopefully they stay at home, stay sensible, and enjoy the day, but they’ll only enjoy it if we win.”