Bradbury focused on play-offs

Nigel Atangana in action against Aldershot in the FA Trophy Picture: Dave Haines
Nigel Atangana in action against Aldershot in the FA Trophy Picture: Dave Haines
Matt Tubbs played well against Sutton. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Injuries are big concern but defensive errors also worry Hawks

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Lee Bradbury is demanding his Hawks FA Trophy heroes keep their feet firmly on the ground after their terrific quarter-final win over Aldershot in midweek.

The Westleigh Park boss wants to make sure his players put their potential Wembley final dreams on the back-burner as they turn their attention back to Skrill South matters.

Remarkably, because of the weather and cup successes, the Hawks are yet to play a league game in 2014.

Boreham Wood are the first league visitors of this year as Bradbury’s side start to play catch-up with their fixtures.

The Hawks are nine points adrift of the play-off places but have up to six games in hand on some of the teams above them in the table.

Bradbury refuses to write off his side’s play-off chances as a result.

However, he admitted the fixture pile-up isn’t helping their cause.

‘It was a terrific win over Aldershot but now we have to focus on our league position,’ said Bradbury.

‘After the highs of Tuesday night it will be easy to suffer a slump.

‘We are determined not to let that happen.

‘Against Aldershot the players worked hard to a man and we have to do the same again in this game.

‘Boreham Wood have shown improvement of late and have some good players.’

Bradbury expects to include recent signing Scott Donnelly – a January arrival from league rivals Farnborough – in his squad for the first time. The attacking, goalscoring midfield player will be a useful asset – particularly as the Hawks are without leading goalscorer Sahr Kabba.

The diminutive striker picked up an ankle ligament injury and missed the Trophy triumph.

Kabba is likely to be out for between two to six weeks, which is a big blow to the Hawks’ promotion ambitions.

Scott Jones was drafted in to play alongside target-man Dennis Oli up front on Tuesday night and is likely to keep his place in the starting line-up.

The Hawks’ major concern once again, though, could be the weather, after the pitch took a battering during the week.

The home side did remarkably well to get the Aldershot game on but now it is a case of whether it can recover in time.

‘We are desperate to play some league games because we are so far behind,’ said Bradbury.

‘There are a lot of games to make up and it is going to place huge demands on everyone in our squad.

‘Injuries and suspensions come into the equation when you are playing two or three times a week.

‘Despite this, I don’t see why we still can’t make the play-offs.

‘If we can build on our 12-game unbeaten run, then we can get ourselves up there.

‘Getting three points on the board this weekend will certainly help that.’

Hawks: Bevan, Strugnell, Harris, Monteiro, Blanchett, Cummings, Atangana, Ryan, Ciardini, Donnelly, Oli, Nanetti, Jones, Woodford, Hutchinson, Przespolewski, Newton