Alan Knill backs Torquay United striking duo
MANAGER ALAN Knill is confident that his new strike-force of Karl Hawley and on-loan Callum Ball will deliver the goals to move Torquay United's season into top gear.
Hawley, 31 (far right), has already broken his scoring duck for the club, with a 'special' to earn a 1-1 draw at Morecambe recently.
Twenty-year-old Ball, on loan from Derby County, has still to hit the net, despite several near-misses.
But in the wake of United's first win of the season, 2-1 at Northampton Town, Knill said: "Callum is a young player learning the game.
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"We know there's a real player in there, and he has the right attitude to show it.
"Karl was very unlucky at Northampton, and we are all quite sure that he will score goals for us.
"The other important thing is that Karl is playing well.
"When the ball goes to him, it sticks with him – he's so strong and he knows the game.
"Callum and Karl looked a different proposition in the second half last Saturday, and I'm confident that they can work well together."
It was 21-year-old winger Jordan Chapell who scored both the goals that clinched victory at Northampton, giving him three in his last two games.
Knill stressed that the visit of slow starters Hartlepool United to Plainmoor (3pm) highlights a new priority.
The Gulls' boss stressed: "We want to get our home form up and running now, and the opportunity is there for us against Hartlepool.
"Getting that first win is always important, but it came away from home, rather than in front of our own supporters.
"We want to make Plainmoor a place where no other teams look forward to playing.
"We are still putting a new squad together, and a win always helps confidence.
"But we all know there's a long way to go."
It should be an interesting next few days for United, who entertain Hartlepool on Saturday and then League Two rivals Portsmouth in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy on Tuesday night (7.45pm).
Pompey, trying to turn around a headlong slide from Premier League status only three years ago, also visit Plainmoor in the league in eight weeks' time (Oct 26).