Darren Backs Jake to Start Scoring. (posted 14/09/13)
Whitehawk boss Darren Freeman has backed Jake Robinson to hit the goal trail soon. The former Albion striker has yet to score in six appearances for the Hawks since joining in the summer after being released by Northampton. But Freeman saw signs in last week’s win at home to second-placed Basingstoke that suggest the 26-year-old is getting back to the form his new manager knows he is capable of.
And the Hawks boss – who had a decent scoring record himself during his playing days with Gillingham, Fulham, Brentford and Albion – believes once Robinson nets his first the goals will flow.
Whitehawk will look to build on last week’s victory today as they visit Dean Holdsworth’s Chelmsford City side who have lost three games on the trot. Freeman said: “Jake just needs to keep believing in himself, as we believe in him. He is working incredibly hard and he is getting himself in good positions. “He just needs to get that one goal and then I’m sure they will flow for him. “Last week his workrate was terrific and he was dropping into holes to get the ball. If you are not scoring, you need to be contributing elsewhere to help the team and Jake was doing that.”
Freeman is pleased with the reaction from his squad after a disappointing start to the season which saw last year’s Ryman premier champions lose four of their last five games. The former Albion favourite questioned the attitude of some of his squad and began a shake-up of players by releasing Charlie Henry and transfer-listing summer signing Richard Rose. But he has told his players that they have to continue to work hard to achieve results.
Freeman said: “I have had the players in for training on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday for the last two weeks and they have been brilliant, there has not been one moan. “The response has been great but what we did in the game last Saturday we must keep doing. You can’t do it one week and not the next.
Darren Addresses Poor Start.
CHARLIE HENRY has left Whitehawk as manager Darren Freeman starts to address their poor start to the season. Summer signing Richard Rose has also been transfer listed as the promised shake-up at the Enclosed Ground begins.
Freeman said he would act after Hawks began life in Conference south with four defeats out of five. And the departure of Henry by mutual consent proves nobody is safe if they drop below the standards set by their ambitious manager. Former England C international winger Henry arrived at Whitehawk last March after spells with Newport County, Luton Town, Aldershot and Macclesfield. He made a key contribution as Hawks wrapped up the Ryman premier title, with five goals in the promotion run-in, and his signature was much heralded when the 26-year-old signed a new contract in the summer.
Versatile defender Rose joined Hawks in the summer after considerable league experience with the likes of Gillingham, Bristol Rovers, Hereford United and Dagenham and Redbridge but he has now been made available for transfer.
Freeman always knew the step up to Conference south was going to be tough after three promotions in four seasons but matching last season’s tally of four league defeats in the first opening five games has surprised him. The former Albion favourite said: “With certain players it just doesn’t work out for them at certain clubs and that is the case with Richard. At the moment he isn’t part of my plans. “Charlie has found it quite difficult to adapt to coming out of full-time football and combining his football with work. He was an-hour-and-a-half late for the game last week and I can’t have that.”
“Players are playing for their shirts. I’m a winner and I know we are under-achieving at the moment. When we lost to Dover I praised my boys because they did really well but I think there are a few players who are not playing with much passion at the moment. “I’m not panicking but I cannot accept it when I feel players are not giving me 110%. If players can’t do that, I will get in people who will.”
Whitehawk’s only win so far was a 6-2 victory away to Dorchester.
They face another tough test tomorrow when second-placed Basingstoke visit the Enclosed Ground but Freeman has promised he will turn around the club’s disappointing form. He said: “I will get things right. I don’t pretend I know it all but what I will do is give 110%. No one will be working harder than me to put things right. “I don’t think I have disrespected this league but maybe I have underestimated it a bit. Maybe some players have been found out but it is better for me to try to fix it now rather than leave it ten games and start panicking.”
Freeman has added striker Sam Gargan to his squad for tomorrow’s game. The former Albion forward missed the start of the season due to family reasons and was due to join Peacehaven on loan to gain match fitness but Freeman is considering throwing him straight in. He said: “I would be silly not to keep Sam here now because he is raring to go.” (written by Howard Griggs www.theargus.co.uk)
THE HAWK IS BACK
A giant hawk is once again keeping watch over Sheepcote Valley in Brighton, thanks to park rangers and volunteers.
The hawk, originally carved into the hillside by artists from Same Sky back in 2001, has been restored to its former glory.
Led by Brighton and Hove City Council’s Park Rangers, volunteers from Brighton Conservation Volunteers (BCV), Sussex Wildlife Trust Youth Rangers and a corporate team from American Express spent two days recutting and weeding the lines of the hawk before reapplying three tonnes of chalk.
The chalk, from Woodingdean’s Lawn Memorial, was compacted using tamping bars and sledgehammers.
The hawk was previously restored in 2009 and 2011 by volunteers from Scout groups, Friends of Sheepcote Valley and the community payback team.
Councillor Ollie Sykes said: “The volunteers have done an amazing job and the hawk looks stunning, especially from Wilson Avenue and Whitehawk Hill.
“We’ve already received numerous emails and calls from the public, saying how great it is to have the carving back on the hill.”
(Taken from The Argus)
FREEMAN PLEASED WITH SIGNING Taken from the Argus.
Whitehawk have added striker Jacob Erskine to their ranks. Former Gillingham and Dartford striker Erskine, 24, has agreed a deal to join the Conference south new boys.
The signing comes as one of Hawks’ former players prepares for his first season of professional football. Brazilian defender Raphael Rossi Branco, who was a key member of Hawks’ Ryman premier title-winning squad last year, has signed a one-year contract with League One Swindon Town. Boss Darren Freeman was hoping to keep Rossi Branco but resigned himself to losing the player after a number of higher clubs showed an interest. The 22-year-old, who began with Corinthians in his native Brazil and had a spell with Albion before joining Whitehawk, impressed the Robins during their pre-season tour to Portugal. He links up at Swindon with former Albion midfielder Yaser Kasim, who was released by the Seagulls at the end of last season. Freeman said: “I’m pleased for Rapha. We were hoping he would be back with us this year as I felt another season with us would help him but it is a good move for him. “It is a compliment to us that he has gone from us to Swindon Town. It shows what you can achieve if you do well here.
“In the end I thought we would lose him which is why I signed Michael Boateng, who I believe is an equally good player and can also play higher.”
Freeman is also delighted with the capture of Erskine. The 24-year-old played four Football League games for Gillingham in 2009-10 and has since had spells with Ebbsfleet, Hampton and Richmond and Dartford, who released him at the end of last season. He is seen as a replacement for Sam Gargan, who has taken time off from football for family matters.
Freeman said: “We have struck a deal with Jacob who has agreed to sign. He is big and strong and if we can get him fit we will have a great player. “We will have a better team with someone like him up front. We have always played with a target man, that is how I like to play. “I believe Jacob and Jake Robinson could work really well together with James Fraser and Edinho Junior linking up with them. “Jacob was with Southend for quite a while in pre-season and I feel we have got a good player.”
Freeman has also signed Matty Silva and Lloyd Dawes but has not offered deals to Adam Proudlock and Bruno Pacheco. Silva, a young Portuguese attacker, has impressed in pre-season after playing in Greece last year. Dawes is a local college youngster who was recommended to the club by defender Sami El-Abd. Freeman said: “Sami works at the college up the road and said we should have a look at him. He is 18 and very raw but I like the look of him. “He might be someone we have to send out on loan but he could be a very good player.
“Matty trained with me two years ago. I told him to go away and work on his strength which, to be fair, he has done.”