Bradbury says Hawks luck will turn

Hawks-Ollie Palmer in action '''Dave Haines (Photo credit should read Picture/s by Dave Haines)
Hawks-Ollie Palmer in action '''Dave Haines (Photo credit should read Picture/s by Dave Haines)
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LEE BRADBURY watched Hawks slip to a 1-0 defeat at Blue Square Bet South title-chasers Welling United but insisted: Things will turn for us.

The Westleigh Park boss felt his men paid for not showing a clinical touch in front of goal.

Defeat saw them slip down the table – they are hovering just one point above the relegation zone ahead of tonight’s trip to Chelmsford City.

Bradbury also believed luck deserted them at Park View Road as Ben Martin’s towering header settled the clash for Welling.

‘We deserved at least a point but it just wasn’t quite our day,’ said Bradbury.

‘Our game plan worked well until they scored.

‘We passed the ball well, showed good pace on the break and were well-organised and disciplined.

‘Chances came our way but we didn’t take them.

‘We need better decision making and more composure in front of goal.

‘I am confident our luck will change and we have to maintain the belief in what we are doing.

‘We just need that break.’

Bradbury set up his side to nullify the threat of Welling’s manager and playmaker Jamie Day.

For the first hour those tactics proved very effective.

Neither side created any clear-cut chances in a close-fought opening 45 minutes, with the Hawks’ best chance falling to Ollie Palmer who headed over.

The striker, who has gone off the boil in the past few weeks, had another opportunity at the start of the second half.

But he sliced his shot wide after racing to the edge of the area.

It became increasingly clear the contest would be settled by a single goal and the Wings got it, on the hour.

The Hawks repelled a rapid counter-attack but from the resulting corner they fell behind.

Day hoisted his kick to the far post where Martin climbed above Ed Harris and thumped his header into the roof of the net.

‘For the second week running we have lost points by conceding at a set-piece,’ added Bradbury.

‘He was a big lad but we have got to do our jobs better.

‘After that we had to change back to 4-4-2.

‘It opened things up for them a little more.’

New loan signing Emmanuel Ighorae came off the bench and looked lively for Hawks as they pushed forward chasing a point.

But when the final chance came, five minutes from time, it again fell to Palmer who saw his shot saved by goalkeeper Sam Mott.

Hawks: Masters 7; Newton 9, Grant 7, Hutchinson 8, Harris 7, Strugnell 7, Nanetti 6, Ramsey 6 (Kabba 6, 63mins), Palmer 6, Kewley-Graham 7, Arthur 6 (Ighorae 7, 55mins).

Subs not used: Ryan, Jones, Woodford.

Att: 609.