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Clark Masters stops Hawks going 2-0 down. Picture: Dave Haines
Clark Masters stops Hawks going 2-0 down. Picture: Dave Haines
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Lee Bradbury warned his Hawks players he may look for new signings as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat to Farnborough at Westleigh Park.

After winning his opening game in charge at Basingstoke Town, Bradbury was hoping for more joy in his first game in front of the home fans.

However, the occasion proved a major disappointment as the Hawks crashed into the bottom three.

Farnborough won it, courtesy of a 16th-minute Reece Connolly goal.

‘If it is that we have to get some fresh blood in to liven it up then I will certainly do that,’ said Bradbury.

‘It was a frustrating game for me and the team.

‘I asked the players for consistency from the start and we didn’t achieve that.

‘If we are going to get anywhere we have to play for 90 minutes.

‘You can’t play for half a season and expect to do well in any league.

‘It is something that we need to address.

‘In the end, we made enough chances to get something from the game but lacked the composure to convert them.’

Both teams showed their attacking intent from the start, creating a series of openings and half-chances in an entertaining contest.

Farnborough looked sharper and, with their front four attacking at pace, proved a real threat.

On 16 minutes they made that threat count when Dave Tarpey raced to the byline and squared for Connolly to turn in from close range.

The goal rocked the Hawks back on their heels and the visitors remained in charge until the interval.

‘We didn’t deal with the second balls enough which enabled them to get on the ball in areas we didn’t want them to,’ said Bradbury.

‘Our players looked heavy-legged and we weren’t good enough in the first half.

‘I told the players “if it isn’t broke don’t fix it.”

‘The plan was to get Sahr Kabba on the ball just behind the front two but we stopped doing that after it worked in the first five minutes.’

Perry Ryan’s effort and work-rate couldn’t be faulted but he found himself left exposed by lack of protection at left-back.

Midfielder Steve Ramsey is looking nowhere near his top form and Kabba faded quickly after a lively opening.

The home side were outfought and outplayed for long spells in midfield, giving the boss plenty to think about.

The Hawks showed some improvement at the start of the second half, although Farnborough also maintained their threat throughout.

In the final 20 minutes, the home side had chances to salvage something – notably when substitute Scott Jones ballooned the ball over from virtually on the goalline.

‘I didn’t expect to come in and make it all great in two weeks,’ said Bradbury.

‘We dipped in performance and weren’t quite at it.’

HAWKS: Masters 7; Newton 7, Ryan 5, Bailey 6, Harris 7, Page 7, Taggart 6 (Roberts 66mins – 6), Ramsey 5, Palmer 7, Kabba 5 (Jones 66mins – 6), Nanetti 7 (Moss 85mins)

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