Bradbury: Hawks have power for play-off bid

Hawks-Alex Pzrespolewski  scores 2 goal for the hawks tonight'''Dave Haines (Photo credit should read Picture/s by Dave Haines)''striker Alek Przespolewski
Hawks-Alex Pzrespolewski scores 2 goal for the hawks tonight'''Dave Haines (Photo credit should read Picture/s by Dave Haines)''striker Alek Przespolewski
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The Hawks journey to Boreham Wood tonight looking to maintain the momentum of their Skrill South play-off push (7.45pm).

The Westleigh Park outfit’s 1-0 win at Hayes & Yeading on Saturday lifted them up to 13th in the league table – 12 points adrift of the play-off places.

Lee Bradbury’s team have 10 games in hand on fifth-placed Weston-super-Mare.

And they believe they can make up the lost ground.

The Hawks are facing a punishing schedule of 12 games this month, but Bradbury reckons his squad can cope with the demands.

‘Our win at Hayes – after the FA Trophy disappointment – was important,’ said Bradbury.

‘It restored a bit of confidence and kept our league momentum going.

‘Another good performance and win against Portchester in the Hampshire Senior Cup (on Monday night) added to that belief.

‘We were courageous and brave on the ball in the last two games and we need to keep that up in two tough away matches at Boreham Wood and Eastbourne Borough (Saturday).

‘Boreham Wood scored seven goals in their last game and will pose a big, lively threat going forward.

‘They play in a different formation to most teams in our league and we will have to be at our best to get something from the game.’

Bradbury faces a massive challenge over the final two months as he aims to push his team up the league.

With so many matches still to play, his squad management will be key.

A lot will depend on whether his players can avoid injury and maintain their enthusiasm for the task, too.

The Hawks have already lost experienced defender Ed Harris for more than a month with a knee injury and that is a major blow.

Bradbury, however, is confident he still possesses the strength in depth to make a sustained challenge.

‘There will have to be a bit of rotation within the squad – like we did against Portchester on Monday night,’ said the boss.

‘We rested a few legs at times and the players who came in to the side did very well.

‘Jake Newton and Warren Cummings were energetic and looked like they had not been out too long.

‘And (Alek) Przespolewski came on and scored a few goals as well, which was really pleasing.

‘It shows that all the members of our squad are capable of playing week in, week out.

‘Ryan Woodford has proved that by doing very well since getting his place back.

‘They are a very close group of players who stick together and work hard for each other

‘All of them can do a job and have proved that so far.

‘Playing three games a week is not easy for some of them and we are going to need everyone involved.

‘A lot of planning will go into getting the best out of the players and selecting the right games for them.’