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Bradbury: We have game plan to deal with Bognor

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Hawkes v Sholing Friendly, West Leigh Park.
Christian Nanetti comes a cropper.
Pic Mick Young
28/07/12

122150-04_MY_Hawkes Hawkes v Sholing Friendly, West Leigh Park. Christian Nanetti comes a cropper. Pic Mick Young 28/07/12

 

Lee Bradbury is hoping a good run in the FA Trophy can lift the Hawks for league battles ahead.

His team face a tricky local derby against Bognor at Nyewood Lane (3pm).

Confidence is fragile in the Hawks ranks as they have lost three of their past four matches.

They are second from bottom in the Blue Square Bet South and have already fallen to lower-league opposition in the FA Cup at North Leigh.

That was before Bradbury took charge, though, and is something the manager is not keen to see repeated.

He said: ‘This is a tough tie because Bognor are a young side who like to play football.

‘They are full of energy and confidence – doing well in their own league.

‘We will go there with a game plan that hopefully will bear fruition.

‘Although climbing up our league is very much a priority we want to win every game we go into.’

Bradbury is set to task the Hawks to press from the front, requiring lots of energy and a high tempo.

Hawks will take encouragement from their performance in the 1-0 loss to Welling last week.

‘I told the players I went home half happy,’ said Bradbury. ‘The players worked hard for each other and we played some good football.

‘As a unit we looked far more solid and a lot of the things we have worked on in training showed through.

‘We played some good football without creating many chances.’

Debut-making pair Dan Butler and Stephan Hamilton-Forbes both made a big impression against Welling.

Parent clubs Pompey and Watford have granted permission for the loanees to play.

Bradbury, though, rates duo Christian Nanetti and Eddie Hutchinson as only 50/50 due to injury problems.

‘Change always takes time but the players are buying in to what we are trying to do,’ said Bradbury.

‘They all want to improve and they all want to play.’

Hawks: Masters, Newton, Harris, Woodford, Butler, Hamilton-Forbes, Ramsey, Taggart, Palmer, Jones, Moss, Kabba, Page, Nanetti, Hutchinson, Hinshelwood, Ryan.

 

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