Bradbury fuming after Hawks suffer latest blow

The Hawks suffered at the hands of Gosport on Saturday and were left frustrated again last night Picture: Malcolm Wells
The Hawks suffered at the hands of Gosport on Saturday and were left frustrated again last night Picture: Malcolm Wells
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The Hawks manager Lee Bradbury was left incensed when last night’s Skrill South game against Whitehawk at Westleigh Park was called off at the last minute.

Referee Mark Pottage deemed one area of the pitch unsafe and refused to give the go-ahead.

Bradbury felt the decision was a shocker.

It meant there was no chance for the Hawks to quickly put their FA Trophy semi-final defeat misery behind them.

Bradbury said: ‘I am angry and lost for words.

‘The game is going soft and I haven’t experienced anything like this.

‘Whitehawk manager Steve King turned up and decided he didn’t want to play the game because of a couple of soft areas on the pitch.

‘There is no standing water on the pitch and the ball rolls and bounces.

‘In my eyes the pitch is perfectly safe and if it wasn’t, I wouldn’t be wanting my players to play on it.

‘With all the games we have to play, the last thing I want is my players getting injured.

‘If I didn’t think it was safe, I wouldn’t have my players training on it.

‘The pitch is fine and we have played on a lot worse in the last couple of weeks.

‘It was a lovely evening and we should have been playing this game.’

Another postponement is the last thing Bradbury needed.

He is desperate for his team to launch a late charge to secure a play-off place.

But they have so many games to play, it is going to be a demanding and difficult schedule.

The Hawks are 15 points adrift of the play-off places but have 10 games in hand on fifth-placed Weston-super-Mare.

Bradbury felt his players were desperate to play last night to put the poor performance against Gosport out of their minds.

He said: ‘The events at the weekend are still running through our minds and this game was a welcome distraction.

‘It was a chance to try and get that out of our system.’

Hawks director Trevor Brock laid the blame firmly on the shoulders of Whitehawk boss King.

‘It is unbelievable because we had a referee in earlier in the day to do a pitch inspection and he declared it perfectly okay,’ said Brock.

‘He put the game on and spoke to the match referee.

‘But when their manager gets here he gets into the face of the referee to try and influence him.

‘Without a doubt he didn’t want to play and the referee has taken the easy way out.

‘The pitch is 10 times better than it was for our games against Aldershot and Gosport but on those occasions Football League referees deemed the pitch fit.

‘It is ludicrous and puts us in an impossible situation with fixtures.’