Bradbury backs Hawks to turn results round

Perry Ryan went close for Hawks. 'Picture: Mick Young
Perry Ryan went close for Hawks. 'Picture: Mick Young
Wes Fogden is brought down against Hemel Hempstead. Picture: Keith Woodland

Bradbury: There’s more to come from Hawks

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Lee Bradbury insists there is no need to panic after the Hawks slipped to a second consecutive Vanarama Conference South defeat when they lost 2-0 against Bromley at Hayes Lane.

Though they conceded a league double to their Kent play-off rivals, Bradbury’s team remain in the play-off places.

Despite picking up just one point from the last three games, the 
manager is backing his team to turn it around.

The Hawks competed well for long spells but rarely looked like upsetting their play-off chasing rivals.

They only managed two shots on target all game and were easily contained by the home defence.

Goals have dried up in recent games and that must be a worry for Bradbury.

‘I was reasonably pleased with how we played if not with the result,’ said Bradbury.

‘In the first half I thought our 
game plan and formation worked really well.

‘Bromley came out of the traps quickly but we weathered that and I thought it might be our day.

‘At half-time I was probably the happier of the two managers.’

Bromley pinned the Hawks back in the opening stages and it took an excellent one-on-one save from goalkeeper Ryan Young to prevent the Hawks falling behind.

With injured pair Brian Dutton and Ed Harris back in the heart of their defence the visitors managed to weather the storm.

Gradually they got a foothold in 
the game creating their best chance which Perry Ryan ballooned over 
the bar.

The Hawks also made a positive start to the second period but on 66 minutes Bromley delivered the decisive blow.

When Dan Strugnell could only half-clear a corner, Jack Holland sent a stunning shot on the turn into the top corner of the net.

‘We knew it was going to be a very close game but their opening goal took the wind out of our sails a bit,’ said Bradbury.

‘After that we were left chasing the game.

‘It was always going to be an 
edgy one with neither team wanting to lose.

‘The pitch was very similar to ours, very soft, and it cut up from the start.

‘I have no complaints about that though because it is very similar to ours and it was the same for both teams.

‘We passed the ball okay and got into good situations but didn’t really create too many opportunities.’

The Hawks huffed and puffed in the last half hour but rarely looked like scoring an equaliser.

In the final minute Ali Fuseini sealed their fate with a low shot into the far corner.

‘We drop down to fourth but we are still there or thereabouts,’ said Bradbury

‘I am happy with the squad we have got.

‘Though we have lost our last two games I still back the players to turn it around.

‘We have suspensions coming up and that might change my view about bringing in any other players.’

Hawks: Young, Strugnell, Blanchett, Stock, Dutton, Harris, Swallow (Bubb 81), Donnelly, Wright (Mullings 90), Hooper, Ryan (Huggins 81). Attendance: 945