Bradbury: Dover clash is vital

Hawks boss Lee Bradbury. Picture: Habibur Rahman (170972-31)

Bradbury hails his steely Hawks

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Lee Bradbury insists the Hawks must maintain their hunger against Skrill South play-off chasing rivals Dover Athletic at Westleigh Park tonight (7.45pm).

The Hawks bounced back to winning ways with a hard-fought 1-0 win over high-flying Ebbsfleet United on Monday night.

It was just the reaction Bradbury wanted after his side had slipped to a disappointing 2-0 home defeat by Staines.

Now they must deliver again to close the gap on their rivals.

Bradbury said: ‘Dover are six points ahead of us but we have four games in hand.

‘If we beat them then it will put us in a good position, going into the closing weeks of the season.

‘The result of this game will have a big bearing on where we are heading.

‘Dover are a decent side with talented individual players who have picked up good results recently.

‘If we can show the same energy levels as the other night and pass the ball like we can, then we will cause them problems.

‘We will need to be at it from the start in order to get an early foothold in the game.’

Experienced striker Dennis Oli is ruled out after coming off injured early on against Ebbsfleet.

He is on crutches and awaiting a diagnosis on his knee injury and how long he will be out.

His replacement, new loan striker Matt Paterson, from Aldershot, looked lively when he went on and made a good impression.

Bradbury also has the options of bringing back Sahr Kabba, who has been struggling with an ankle injury.

Alek Przespolewski is also pushing for a start after netting the winner on Monday.

He has been in good form off the bench recently.

‘I have to give credit to the players for the way they reacted after getting beat last weekend,’ said Bradbury.

‘We have now had three days rest which has been a bit of a luxury.’

Hawks: Bevan, Buchel, Newton, Strugnell, Woodford, Monteiro, Blanchett, Cummings, Ryan, Atangana, Donnelly, Ciardini, Nanetti, Bassele, Paterson, Kabba, Jones, Przespolewski, Ramsey, Hutchinson