Bradbury: Kabba can kick-start play-off bid

Hawks striker Sahr Kabba Picture: Dave Haines
Hawks striker Sahr Kabba Picture: Dave Haines
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Lee Bradbury wants striker Sahr Kabba to grab the limelight as the Hawks return to Skrill South action with a home game against Maidenhead United tomorrow (3pm).

Leading goalscorer Kabba, with nine league goals to date this season, scored twice in the Hawks’ 3-1 win at the Magpies’ York Road ground earlier in the season.

Now the Hawks boss is looking for him to make a similar impact as the play-off-chasing hosts look to complete a double over United, who sit 18th in the league table.

‘Kabbs got two very good goals up at their place and showed what a good finisher he is on his day,’ said Bradbury.

‘He has got that ability in his locker. At the moment he is showing great hunger and desire to score goals.

‘Even if he misses a couple of chances he keeps the belief that he is going to score.

‘His pace presents defenders with all sorts of problems and he is forming a good partnership with Dennis Oli up front.’

Bradbury knows a maximum points haul is vital as his side look to make up lost ground in their pursuit of promotion.

Because of the poor weather and cup commitments, this will be the Hawks’ first league game in 2014.

Alhough languishing in 15th place, the Westleigh Park outfit are still only seven points behind Bishop’s Stortford and Staines Town – who sit fifth and sixth respectively.

The Hawks have five games in hand on Staines, and with Bishop’s visiting the south coast on Monday, they face an important few days.

‘We have games in hand but it is vital that we capitalise on that and get more points on the board,’ said Bradbury.

‘It is important that we keep focused because there are some big games ahead.

‘The team have gone 11 games unbeaten and there is a confidence running through the squad.

‘It is important, however, that we don’t allow that to breed any complacency.

‘Maidenhead will be a difficult test because they have picked up and are unbeaten in their last five games.

‘They will be coming here looking to repay us for what we did to them at their place.’

The Hawks’ pitch is likely to be heavy again following more rain but the team showed in their 3-0 Hampshire Senior Cup win over Farnborough on Monday that they can adapt.

That night it was the midfield who came up with the goals.

Two excellent Nic Ciardini finishes, along with a Perry Ryan effort, secured the Hawks’ place in the semi-finals.

The arrival of goalscoring midfielder Scott Donnelly has increased competition in that area and given Bradbury more options.

Another win will take the Hawks closer to their all-time club record unbeaten run of 15 games – set when they were in the Dr Martens League in the 2001-2002 season.

Bradbury, meanwhile, has denied rumours that long-serving midfielder Steve Ramsey has already completed a move to rivals Gosport Borough.

‘Ramsey is still a Hawks player,’ said the Westleigh Park boss.