Bradbury: Hard work starts now for Hawks

JJ Hooper celebrates his goal. Picture: Allan Hutchings (142904-786)
JJ Hooper celebrates his goal. Picture: Allan Hutchings (142904-786)
Ryan Pennery netted for Moneyfields. Picture: Neil Marshall (171026-11)

Trophy dream is over for Moneys

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Lee Bradbury urged his flying Hawks not to lose focus after they climbed to the top of the Vanarama Conference South with a 2-1 win over Boreham Wood.

Goals from JJ Hooper and Ed Harris eclipsed an early Lee Angol penalty as the hosts leapfrogged their visitors.

Bradbury was happy with the reaction to going behind but was quick to remind fans there is still a long way to go.

‘It’s still early days, we don’t to get excited about being top just yet,’ said the boss.

‘I’ve said to the players, we’ve worked this hard to get to the top of the league but now the real hard work starts and that’s to stay and remain at the top.

‘It’s more important come April where we are in the league, not now. We’re looking forward to the challenge, though.

‘Aafter the penalty, albeit I’m not sure it was one, we did well.

‘It was early and it did surprise me but at the end of the day, I was happy with how we reacted and managed to pull the game back.

‘The pleasing thing was – if there is one to take out of an early penalty – is that it was so early it have us enough time to get back into it. I couldn’t have asked for anything more from the lads.

‘They deserve a lot of credit for how they’ve been playing recently and if we carry on like this, why can’t we stay up there and win the league? It’s a case of focusing now, though.’

Angol made the final 10 minutes slightly more comfortable for the Hawks when he was sent off following a second booking – this time for diving.

‘It looked like he got the wrong side of our defender and was expecting contact that just didn’t come,’ said Bradbury.

‘Then he just fell to the ground. It was clear from where I was standing.’