Hawks coach Matt Bramald admits he doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry as he contemplates his team’s Kingstone Press League One win over Hemel Stags.

Hawks are ninth after the 44-28 home success, but the two competition points were the only real positives as far as Bramald is concerned.

He said: “The performance was very scratchy. We could not have had a better start, going 10-0 up, but in hindsight, I don’t think we could have had a worse start!

“The boys fell into the trap that sometimes happens, when it is almost too easy. We had our foot on the jugular, but we made a couple of mistakes and our attitude towards defending was not good enough.

“The players have set some standards in terms of our defence and we were way short of that.

“Without the first five and the last five minutes it would have been nip and tuck and we might have been in danger of getting turned over.

“We need to make massive improvements for next week, against Touoluse.”

Lewis Reed is a doubt for Sunday’s home fixture after suffering an ankle injury. Bramald said: “It looked quite nasty after the game, it was very swollen. Jake Normington got a stinger, shoulder/neck-type injury, but there was nothing else that should prevent anyone being available this week.”

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