Bradbury accepts decision to postpone Hawks’ clash with Chelmsford

Westleigh Park not fit for action. Pic: Dave Haines
Westleigh Park not fit for action. Pic: Dave Haines
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Hawks manager Lee Bradbury accepts the referee made the right decision in calling off their Skrill South contest against Chelmsford City at Westleigh Park.

The visitors, who had made the three-hour journey from Essex, and the Hawks were left frustrated.

The pitch, which had been perfectly playable earlier in the morning, was left swamped by the heavy rain sweeping across the south coast.

‘It was the right decision because otherwise it would have been a lottery,’ said Bradbury.

‘We wouldn’t have wanted that.

‘It is very frustrating because you prepare for the game, doing things right, but it is out of our control.

‘We had an absolute downpour for an hour and a half in the morning and the pitch was unplayable.

‘It was okay in the morning but once the heavens opened we couldn’t get the water off the pitch quick enough.

‘The conditions wouldn’t have been safe and if it had gone ahead it wouldn’t have been a great spectacle.’

It was a shame for the Hawks, who fancied their chances of returning to winning ways against visitors, who had endured a torrid week.

City’s 6-0 home defeat by Boreham Wood had led to the sacking of manager Dean Holdsworth and then they suffered a 5-0 thumping at the hands of Bromley.

The home side were looking to bounce back to winning ways after their 3-0 defeat at Bath City and were confident they could add to Chelmsford’s misery.

Bradbury is hoping the game can be rearranged for the next 48 hours but Chelmsford are unlikely to be so keen.

The Hawks boss admits he has been frustrated by his team’s inconsistency so far this campaign and believes the next six weeks can define their season.

Bradbury wants to see his side step up their game and get themselves into a play-off challenging position going into the new year.

At the moment, their position is finely balanced – seven points adrift of the play-off places and five points above the relegation zone.

‘We started well with some good away draws at some tough places but then had a little spell when we didn’t do too good,’ said Bradbury.

‘Apart from Bath last week we have done well again recently and started to turn the corner.

‘The next three or four games will be important and give us a guide to where we will be, come the end of the season.

‘The league is so tight at the moment. Our biggest weakness has been a lack of consistency, not just individual players but as a team.

‘If you want to do anything in this league you have to be consistent with players achieving seven or eight out of 10 every week.

‘We can be great as we showed in beating Basingstoke 4-1 or awful as we were in the 5-0 defeat by Sutton.

‘It has been a bit of a roller-coaster so far and I have been concentrating on levelling that out a little bit.’