HAWKS BOSS Lee Bradbury wants his players to put smiles back on the fans’ faces by beating Welling United in their Blue Square Bet South clash at Westleigh Park tomorrow (3pm).
In a traumatic week, the Hawks have seen major sponsor Jim Fallon resign from his position as vice-chairman, leaving the club with a budget shortfall.
Chairman Derek Pope and his board of directors have pledged to cover the loss as best they can but admit Fallon’s departure has caused difficulties.
And now Bradbury is targeting a much-needed win to lift spirits around the place.
‘A win would give the whole club a massive boost after a difficult week,’ said Bradbury.
‘The ideal result will be three points and a clean sheet.
‘I have spoken to the players about the situation and the need to concentrate on what we have to do on the pitch to get a win.
‘We must start winning to go forward as a club.
‘From our point of view, we have to take things on a week-by-week basis and remain positive.’
The Hawks remain in the bottom three, with just two wins from 14 games, and face an important time between now and the end of the year.
Bradbury has recognised he needs to bring new signings into his squad and that means some current players will have to move on.
That process has already started, with central defender Sam Pearce moving to Gosport Borough on a three-month loan and loanee Jordan Roberts returning to Aldershot.
Bradbury is hoping that the off-the-field problems won’t affect what he has been brought in to achieve at the club.
‘One of the main attractions for me coming here is what Derek Pope and Jim Fallon said they could do,’ said Bradbury.
‘It is unfortunate that Jim’s company has gone bust so he won’t be able to deliver what he promised.
‘Derek is still involved and in the 30 years he has been involved he has always tried to do what is right for the club.’
Bradbury’s only other home game to date, against Farnborough, ended in defeat and he is keen to win in front of his own fans.
Welling, though, will present the Hawks with another tough test and Bradbury admits his side will need to show an improvement on last week’s 3-1 defeat at Billericay.
In Essex, the Hawks were 3-0 down before they started to play and can’t afford a repeat against the Wings.
‘Recently we have not won our battles and have lost out on the second ball,’ said Bradbury.
‘We need to tighten up at both ends of the pitch and be more resolute.
‘There is nothing wrong with our service to the front players but we must stick our chances away.
‘We must be ruthless and make sure we stay in the games from the start.’
Full-back Chris Arthur is likely to be out for a couple more weeks with his ankle problem.
HAWKS: Masters, Newton, Harris, Woodford, Page, Ryan, Hutchinson, Ramsey, Bailey, Palmer, Kabba, Jones, Moss, Nanetti, Hinshelwood, Taggart.