Hartlepool United midfielder Josh Hawkes looking to make the most of opportunity under Dave Challinor ahead of Woking trip

Josh Hawkes has been satisfied with the first team chances he’s getting under Dave Challinor as he looks to impress the new Hartlepool United manager.

Friday, 6th December 2019, 11:45 am
Updated Friday, 6th December 2019, 1:34 pm
Josh Hawkes of Hartlepool United celebrates scoring their first goal during the Vanarama National League match between Aldershot Town and Hartlepool United at the EBB Stadium, Aldershot on Saturday 12th October 2019. (Credit: Paul Paxford | MI News)
Josh Hawkes of Hartlepool United celebrates scoring their first goal during the Vanarama National League match between Aldershot Town and Hartlepool United at the EBB Stadium, Aldershot on Saturday 12th October 2019. (Credit: Paul Paxford | MI News)

The young midfielder’s first team opportunities have been restricted so far this season but he’s now started in the last two matches for Pools, grabbing two assists in their impressive 5-1 win at Chesterfield last time out in the National League.

After drawing 2-2 at Exeter City in the FA Cup on Sunday to stretch Challinor’s unbeaten start as manager to five matches, Hawkes feels confidence is high in the camp ahead of another daunting trip.

United travel to Woking this weekend looking to claim back to back wins in the fifth tier.

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“We’re on a good run so we go into the game with a lot of confidence and hopefully we can pick up another positive result,” Hawkes said.

“I just want to be playing games and getting as many minutes as I can.

That was limited under the previous manager but the gaffer has come in and played me quite a few times so I’m happy with the amount of game time I’m getting at the moment and hopefully I can keep pushing on and doing well.”

Challinor named Hawkes as a player who should do well and be a success in his team.

Hawkes added: “It gives anyone confidence if he says he likes you so hopefully it helps me play more games and get more goals and assists to help the team.”