Bradbury feels Hawks have point to prove in Trophy tie

Lee Bradbury. Picture: Dave Haines
Lee Bradbury. Picture: Dave Haines
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The Hawks have been handed a daunting start to their FA Trophy campaign with a visit to Skrill South rivals Sutton United.

Lee Bradbury’s men were thumped 5-0 by Sutton in the league at Westleigh Park already this season.

Paul Doswell’s team are riding high in the league and will present a formidable obstacle to the Hawks’ Trophy ambitions.

But Bradbury is relishing the opportunity to put the record straight after the league hammering.

‘We will be determined to go there and give a better account of ourselves,’ said Bradbury.

‘When they beat us we didn’t play anywhere near our true potential.

‘We are keen to show that we are a much better team than that performance.

‘It will be tough because they are a good side with good players, but we are up for it.’

Bradbury views the Trophy as an ideal opportunity for himself and his players to realise the dream of reaching Wembley.

‘I think all the Conference South managers and players view this as their best chance of getting to Wembley,’ said Bradbury.

‘It is something I never achieved as a player.

‘Our first priority, though, is getting past Sutton and that won’t be easy.

‘All the pressure will be on them, though, because they will be expected to win after the last game.

‘It means we can go there with nothing to lose.’

Gosport Borough have been drawn at home against fellow Skrill South strugglers Dorchester Town.

‘It is a winnable game and we will take that,’ said Borough assistant boss Mick Catlin.

‘The Trophy can be a welcome distraction to a side like us at the bottom.

‘It can take minds away from the pressures of a relegation struggle, as well as provide useful finance.

‘We are looking forward to it.’

Bognor have been drawn away to Skrill South side Hayes & Yeading.

The third qualifying round Trophy ties will be played on Saturday, November 16.