Bradbury not getting carried away by Boreham Wood win

Ben Swallow. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings
Ben Swallow. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings
Theo Lewis scored for the Hawks in the 38th minute at Wealdstone. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Good show on the road as Hawks impress to beat Wealdstone

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Lee Bradbury was delighted the Hawks completed the double over 10-man Boreham Wood but urged his side not to get carried away by the result.

A last-gasp JJ Hooper strike earned a dramatic 2-1 win and propelled them back into the Vanarama Conference South play-off frame.

Just when the game looked to be heading for a draw, the young striker crashed a shot into the roof of the net to snatch all three points.

It was a dramatic end to an incident- packed contest which saw the home side reduced to 10-men early in the second half.

The visitors fell behind after only 55 seconds, equalised from the spot, only to miss another penalty before grabbing the winner at the death.

Bradbury felt his team grew in stature after a poor opening 15 minutes and thoroughly deserved their win.

‘This is a great result for us but there is still a lot of hard work ahead,’ said the boss.

‘We can’t think that just because of this we have cracked it.

‘These are three big points for us and there won’t be many teams who complete the double over Boreham Wood this season.

‘We need to maintain these standards week-in, week-out.’

‘The endeavour and work-rate was terrific and on an excellent playing surface we passed the ball well.

‘We showed patience and bravery in the end and didn’t rush it.

‘Falling behind so quickly was a big shock and it took us 20 minutes to get into the game.

‘After that we grew into the game and once they had a player sent off it was a case of breaking them down.’

New signing Nick Awford made his debut for the injured Brian Stock but the Hawks made the worst possible start when they conceded inside the first minute.

Defender Ed Harris hesitated when dealing with a long ball forward and the league’s leading goalscorer Lee Angol forced the ball home.

It took a terrific close-range stop from goalkeeper Ryan Young to prevent the home side extending their lead.

It was mainly through the pace and trickery of winger Ben Swallow that the Hawks started to get a foothold in the game.

The Welsh wizard teased and tormented the home defenders all afternoon and on 29 minutes another one of his mazy runs ended with a trip inside the area.

Scott Donnelly easily converted the penalty and suddenly it was a different game.

Swallow’s contribution did not go unnoticed by his manager.

‘Ben (Swallow) has done great for us and he gets better week-in, week- out,’ said Bradbury.

‘Boreham Wood dragged their full-back off after 50 minutes because he couldn’t live with him.

‘He is not the finished article but he is a big threat when we get him on the ball.’

Boreham Wood had substitute Ben Nunn sent off in the 56th minute when he brought Bradley Bubb down from behind in the area.

Donnelly this time saw his spot-kick crash back off the base of the home side’s upright.

In the end it was down to Hooper, who the manager had earlier threatened to withdraw from the action, to secure a vital three points for the Hawks.

HAWKS: Young, Strugnell, Woodford, Harris, Cummings, Awford (Ryan, 81min), Donnelly, Swallow, Hooper, Bubb, Huggins (Mullings, 70min)