Bradbury fires warning to Hawks

Christian Nanetti in action for the Hawks. Picture: Dave Haines
Christian Nanetti in action for the Hawks. Picture: Dave Haines
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Lee Bradbury warmed up for the visit of Blue Square Bet South bottom club Truro City and warned his Hawks: Don’t be complacent.

The Westleigh Park boss believes his side can take nothing for granted when they lock horns with the Cornwall outfit this afternoon (3pm).

Truro are 13 points adrift at the foot of the table – hamstrung by a 10-point deduction for going into administration earlier this season.

Meanwhile, the Hawks are flying high in ninth spot and are unbeaten in eight games.

But former Pompey striker Bradbury is still expecting a tough test.

He said: ‘Some people might see it as a banker home win but it is never as easy as that.

‘You cannot afford to be inconsistent in the way you prepare for any game.

‘If you allow yourself to become complacent that is when you can have problems.

‘Truro won’t be coming to lie down and will be fighting for their lives.

‘They have nothing to lose and I am sure they will come and ask some difficult questions of us.

‘We will have to earn the right to play and after doing that, our power and pace can come into play.’

The 2-1 midweek win over Maidenhead moved the Hawks to within nine points of the play-off places.

With seven games remaining, there is an outside chance they could sneak into the promotion picture.

Bradbury insists that scenario is slim but, whatever happens, he is adamant his team will remain focused until the final day of the season.

‘I want us to win all our remaining games and see where it takes us,’ said the boss.

‘It’s all about remaining positive and building a platform for next season. So there is still plenty to play for.’

Once again, the Hawks showed in the Maidenhead win that when they play at a high tempo, opponents find it difficult to contain them.

The power and pace Chris Arthur showed for the opening goal was impressive and when he is on song few full-backs can deal with him.

On the other flank, Christian Nanetti has the bruises to prove the Maidenhead defence found him a handful.

The little Italian was kicked from pillar to post as he jinked his way past defenders with his quick feet.

‘Christian has fantastic ability on the ball and he is getting used to the English game,’ said Bradbury.

‘He is learning some of the lessons the hard way and may release the ball a bit quicker after Tuesday. It is a question of producing his little bit of magic in the right areas.’

Former West Brom and Southampton midfielder Pelé is in the squad after his midweek arrival.

And Argentine defender Juan Cruz Gotta is also in the frame for a debut appearance after beating illness.

Hawks: Masters, Newton, Harris, Strugnell, Grant, Arthur, Ryan, Ramsey, Nanetti, Kabba, Palmer, Hutchinson, Montero, Jones, Bossman, Weekes