Consistent Harris is the example for Hawks to follow

Ed Harris. Picture: Allan Hutchings (150209-363)
Ed Harris. Picture: Allan Hutchings (150209-363)
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Lee Bradbury believes defender Ed Harris has set the example for the rest of his players to follow as they bid to reach the Vanarama Conference South play-offs.

Harris has missed just two league games all season and has been the model of consistency.

Bradbury reckons his side need to deliver a similar high level of performance over the final eight games and that can be key to success.

It’s something the Hawks have struggled to achieve all season but Bradbury knows it is now make-or-break time.

The Hawks suffered final-day heartbreak last season, missing out by just a single goal on goal difference.

It will be a major disappointment if they fall short again.

They currently occupy sixth-place behind local rivals Gosport Borough with goal difference keeping them out of the play-off places.

With the Hawks set to meet play-off rivals Basingstoke and Whitehawk in their final two games, another dramatic finish to the season is on the cards.

‘Ed has been virtually ever-present for us and you know exactly what you are going to get from him,’ said Bradbury.

‘He is very competitive and gives us the pace we need at the back.

‘Most importantly, he gives 100 per cent every game and is a winner.

‘We need that throughout the whole team and don’t want to be looking back with regrets come the end of the season.’

The Hawks showed their inconsistency again in the 2-1 defeat at Weston-super-Mare, just a week after they had toppled league leaders Boreham Wood.

At Weston, the Hawks started brightly enough, only to concede two poor goals before half-time.

A much-improved second half could easily have seen Bradbury’s men to a share of the spoils but it wasn’t to be.

Ben Wright’s deflected goal proved no more than a consolation as the Hawks were denied by the woodwork and some desperate defending.

Bradbury believes that performance wasn’t good enough.

‘We keep giving ourselves a lot to do in games,’ said Bradbury.

‘In the second half at Weston we showed lots of desire but we need to show that for 90 minutes.

‘The players have been left in no doubt what is required from them.

‘Hopefully the defeat will act as a shock to the system.

‘But if it doesn’t, then I will be changing things.

‘At our level the first goal in the game is so important and we keep giving ourselves mountains to climb.

‘It is something we have to get out of our game.’

The Hawks have their next two games at home.

Wealdstone visit Westleigh Park on Saturday, followed by play-off chasing rivals Ebbsfleet United seven days later.