Bradbury: Loss was harsh on Hawks

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Lee Bradbury praised a spirited show from the Hawks despite a disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Welling.

The loss added to the gloom around the club after the midweek resignation and departure of vice chairman Jim Fallon.

But Bradbury felt his players deserved to be better from the Blue Square Bet South contest which was ultimately decided by Ross Lafayette’s late goal for the Wings.

‘We were the better side and deserved to get something out of the game,’ said Bradbury.

‘The spirit the lads showed and the fight they put up for each other was there for everyone to see.

‘In a game of few opportunities, I thought we had the better of them.

‘Welling only had a couple of half-decent chances and for them to score from a close-range deflected effort is frustrating.’

The sixth-placed visitors started on the front foot but the Hawks, including two new loan signings, looked solid defensively.

Newcomer Dan Butler, a full-back from Pompey, made an impressive debut, helping solve the Hawks problem area at left-back.

Fellow new-boy Stephan Hamilton-Forbes, on loan from Watford, also added greater stability to the midfield area.

‘I thought the two new lads were fantastic,’ said Bradbury.

‘They gave us a lot of legs in midfield.

‘We looked a solid unit and hard to break down.’

In a goalless first half it was the visitors who went closest to netting from a free-kick, just before the break.

Welling captain Jamie Day curled his effort around the wall towards the far corner but Hawks keeper Clark Masters pushed the ball away at full stretch.

The Hawks dominated after the break.

But despite putting Welling under sustained periods of pressure, they failed to make it count with the killer pass. Ollie Palmer and Scott Jones worked hard up front, though the Hawks lacked a real cutting edge.

The decisive goal came on 78 minutes.

Lafayette scored at the second attempt from close-range with a delected effort which cruelly beat the impressive Masters.

In the closing stages, the home side huffed and puffed but rarely looked like snatching a draw.

‘It is a disappointing result but we will continue to work hard to get the wins we need to climb the table,’ said Bradbury.

HAWKS: Masters 8, Newton 7, Butler 8, Bailey 7, Harris 7 (Page 88mins), Woodford 7, Taggart 7 (Kabba 78mins), Ramsey 7, Hamilton-Forbes 7, Palmer 7, Jones 7.

Att: 568.