Bradbury confident despite tough away day

The Hawks hope to complete the signing of Warren Cummings
The Hawks hope to complete the signing of Warren Cummings
Ryan Pennery netted for Moneyfields. Picture: Neil Marshall (171026-11)

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The Hawks have been handed another tough away assignment in the first round proper of the FA Trophy after being given a trip to fellow Skrill South outfit Basingstoke Town.

Lee Bradbury’s side already boast a 4-1 home win over their Hampshire neighbours in the league this season.

Since then, however, the Dragons have grown in confidence and risen to fourth in the league table.

‘It is another tough draw but one that is achievable,’ said Bradbury.

‘We played well to get a good result against them at Westleigh Park but they have improved since then.

‘But we showed at Sutton that we are capable of going to difficult places and getting results.

‘It is another game against a side from our own league so we have to view it as an opportunity to progress.

‘All season we have shown ourselves to be resilient away from home and have only been beaten twice on the road.

‘Playing away seems to suit us at the moment. With teams looking to attack us, it gives us the chance to hit them on the break with our pace.

‘We are good enough to get a result at Basingstoke but we will have to be at our best.’

Bradbury is hoping to boost his squad with the signing of experienced defender Warren Cummings from Southern League Poole Town.

The 33-year-old is vastly experienced, having made more than 300 appearances over a 10-year period with AFC Bournemouth.

Cummings is cup-tied and won’t be able to play in the Trophy tie, but Bradbury is bringing him in to do an important job in the league.

‘Warren has a lot of experience and is the sort of character we want around the club,’ said Bradbury.

‘I have managed and played with Warren so know that he does things right.

‘He will also make similar demands of other players, both on the pitch and the training ground.

‘At 33, he is still young enough to have a big impact and he keeps himself fit.

‘He also knows the game and can play in two or three different positions which will be a big benefit to us.’

If Cummings signs, he will go straight into the squad for Saturday’s league visit to second-placed Bromley.

– KEVIN RICKETTS