Hawks latest signing Elliot Benyon is set to make his debut at Priory lane tomorrow in the New Year’s Day derby re-match against Eastbourne Borough.
Commenting on what has attracted a player of his undoubted pedigree to a team currently cut adrift at the bottom of the league without a win, he summed it up as “Kingy”. “As unlikely as it seems, Kingy still thinks Whitehawk can get out of the trouble they’re in, so I want to be part of that. If I can help, I’ll be buzzing.”
Benyon has scored over 100 first team goals in a career spent largely in League 2 and the National League, starting this season at Hawks’ NLS rivals Wealdstone. “I was injured when Wealdstone played Whitehawk earlier in the season,” in what was Steve King’s second league game – and what for many was a season defining moment when Aji Ajibola awarded a hotly disputed penalty in the second half against Ramone Rose with the Hawks 1-0 up. “I can speak a bit more freely about it now, not being a player at Wealdstone, but the feeling in the dressing room was that the penalty was a lucky decision.”
“I looked at that game and I thought how are Whitehawk down there? I don’t know how you’ve been playing but on that day you played really well. The Hawks deserved a lot more out of that game.” It would probably be true that the Hawks haven’t played as well since that fateful day, as the confidence has gradually drained out of the team.
Signed to score the goals that have been missing this season, Benyon hasn’t set himself any targets: “I just want to get in the team and play – and if I score goals that’s great. If we win and I don’t score, I’ll be happy. You never know, in 8 or 9 games time we might not be too far adrift. You just need to see where we are really and take each game as it comes.”
“I’m living in Basingstoke but the travelling shouldn’t be a problem as a few of the players live my way.” With Ramone Rose being one of them, Benyon’s thoughts on the Wealdstone penalty should ensure he gets offered plenty of lifts. “I’m here for the rest of the season, I just want to help,” he concluded. There would be no better place than Eastbourne tomorrow for that help to kick in.