Borough booked in as Hawks dare to dream

From left: Perry Ryan, Dennis Oli and Ed Harris celebrate the Hawks' FA Trophy win against Aldershot which sets up a last-four meeting with Gosport Borough Picture: Dave Haines
From left: Perry Ryan, Dennis Oli and Ed Harris celebrate the Hawks' FA Trophy win against Aldershot which sets up a last-four meeting with Gosport Borough Picture: Dave Haines
Theo Lewis scored for the Hawks in the 38th minute at Wealdstone. Picture: Habibur Rahman

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Lee Bradbury is relishing the Hawks’ FA Trophy derby date with Gosport Borough as he set his sights on Wembley.

The Westleigh Park boss saw his side progress to the semi-finals of the competition with a 4-1 thumping of 10-man Aldershot last night.

Second-half goals from Dennis Oli, Nigel Atangana, Nic Ciardini and substitute Alex Przespolewski earned the Hawks the right to face Borough in a two-legged semi-final later this month.

Both games (February 15 and 22) promise to set the pulse racing, with a trip to Wembley guaranteed for the victors.

Former Pompey striker Bradbury never made it to the home of football during his playing days.

He’s determined to make it happen as manager of the Hawks – but knows it won’t be easy against Alex Pike’s side in the last four.

‘It’s fantastic for us to be in with a chance of reaching a Wembley final,’ said Bradbury.

‘It’s a brilliant opportunity for both us and Gosport. It is what dreams are made off.

‘I never went to Wembley as a player and it will be great to get there as a manager.

‘For the players, the chairman and the supporters, it would be a brilliant occasion.

‘Before that, though, we have two very difficult games against Gosport to negotiate.

‘Those two games will be massive and I’m expecting probably 3,000 to be at both legs. It’s great for the area and exciting for everyone involved.’

Asked about the prospect of meeting the Hawks after his side’s 2-2 draw with Sutton United in the Skrill South last night, Pike said: ‘We can now look forward to meeting our local rivals. Our dream lives on, and I want to face the weakest team left in the competition!’

LAST NIGHT’S MATCH REPORTS n Pages 44-45