Bradbury: Guernsey trip will boost team spirit

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Lee Bradbury believes the Hawks pre-season trip to Guernsey will be crucial for his summer recruits.

The travelling party stayed in Poole last night before making the ferry trip to the Channel Islands today.

It is a chance for the new arrivals to get to know their team-mates, with the Westleigh Park side taking on Guernsey in a friendly tomorrow night (7.45pm).

Bradbury views the trip as an opportunity to integrate his new faces into the squad and build on their team spirit.

‘We are looking forward to our few days away,’ said Bradbury.

‘It is a change of environment and chance to get away from the normal training ground.

‘We have brought in a few new faces and it will give them the opportunity to get to know each other a bit better.

‘It gives us something different.

‘If the weather is good we will be able to get out on the beach to train and play a bit of beach volleyball.

‘Maybe get the lads in the sea and have a bit of fun.

‘We are also looking forward to the game because Guernsey have a decent set-up with some good players.

‘After the game on Saturday we can go out and let our hair down a little bit.

‘Then the players can get back on it next week for our next game at Hungerford on Tuesday.’

Injured pair Brian Dutton and JJ Hooper will travel, though they are not expected to be fit to play.

Their injury troubles are a concern for Bradbury, who doesn’t want them missing much more of the pre-season.

The Hawks boss, however, has been encouraged by the form shown by two of his other newcomers.

Winger Ben Swallow has displayed good pace and willingness to take on defenders in all three of his outings.

Swallow looks to be the natural replacement for Christian Nanetti, who expects to complete his move to Dover Athletic this week.

At the moment, the clubs are still to agree on how much the Conference Premier side will pay for the winger.

‘We are still to agree terms,’ said club director Trevor Brock.

Striker Bradley Bubb showed his quality in midweek with an impressive equaliser against West Ham under-21s.

After picking the ball up outside the area, he cut in and curled a perfect shot into the far corner.

Bradbury is still looking to add to his striker options, and against the Hammers he flew in triallist Odivelas Junior from Portugal.

‘Odivelas has come through an agent I know,’ said Bradbury.

‘The lad showed some good glimpses but the fact he has been training on his own for the last eight or nine weeks showed.

‘He has a lot to do on his fitness side but it is still early days.’

Another triallist under consideration is the vastly-experienced Enoch Showunmi. The former Tranmere, Bristol City, Notts County, Plymouth and Leeds man did well in the first half against the Hammers.

Bradbury was impressed with his performance against the London visitors.

‘Because of our injuries I was able to offer Enoch 45 minutes and he did well,’ said Bradbury.

‘He looked a real handful.’

Hawks: Young, Bevan, Searle, Huggins, Blanchett, Harris, Woodford, Strugnell, Ryan, Wedlake, Bubb, Junior, Swallow, Cummings, Monteiro, Medway, Ciardini, Przespolewski