Bradbury: Club-record win was positive for Hawks

Perry Ryan scored twice for the Hawks
Perry Ryan scored twice for the Hawks
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Lee Bradbury was happy with a club-record win as the Hawks thumped Southsea United 13-0 in the Portsmouth Senior Cup at Westleigh Park.

The Vanarama Conference South hosts fielded a mixture of senior and academy players – proving far too good for the Portsmouth Saturday League side.

Young Jake Gale, son of the Hawks assistant manager Shaun Gale, scored four goals.

Shamir Mullings got a hat-trick, while Ben Swallow and Perry Ryan both hit two.

Harry Wedlake and Dan Penfold completed the rout.

Gale scored twice in each half and Penfold notched a goal with his first touch, after going on as a second half substitute.

Despite the emphatic margin, Bradbury felt it was a worthwhile exercise.

‘It is a club record win and it served a number of purposes,’ he said.

‘Some of the first team squad members were able to get some valuable minutes under their belts and worked hard to the end.

‘We were also able to give some academy players an experience of what it is like to play at the senior level.’

Bradbury was pleased with his young prospects.

He said: ‘They all did well and showed excellent concentration levels.

‘It is all part of their development as players and bodes well for the future.

‘Jake Gale displayed what a good finisher he is, particularly his second goal which he smashed into the top corner from 25 yards.’

HAWKS: C Searle; O Searle, Blanchett, Wedlake, Monteiro, Woodford, Swallow, Ryan, Mullings, Gale, Kember. Subs: Whittingham, McCarty, Penfold, Atkinson, Ridge.