Former Chelsea talent to pep up Hawks power

Hawks boss Lee Bradbury is pleased to be back in action. Picture: Dave Haines
Hawks boss Lee Bradbury is pleased to be back in action. Picture: Dave Haines
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Kieran Weekes will come straight into the Hawks squad for the Blue Square Bet South clash with Maidenhead United at Westleigh Park tonight (7.45pm).

The winger has netted 13 goals in 26 games for Welwyn Garden City in the top flight of the South Midlands League this term.

He has penned a loan deal with the Hawks until the end of the season and joins debut-seeking Argentine centre-back Juan Cruz Gotta in the squad.

And Lee Bradbury has hinted his options may be boosted further before the weekend.

‘Kieran started his career at Chelsea where he was in his youth team,’ said the Hawks boss.

‘Because of injuries he has found himself playing lower-league football and is coming to us until the end of the season.

‘I am also hoping to bring in another player to bolster our midfield this week.’

The Hawks have not played for a fortnight because of the weather and Bradbury is keen they pick up where they left off.

Before the interruption, the Hawks were in terrific form with just one defeat in 12 games.

That was no mean feat considering the run included tricky road trips to top-six teams.

In their last home outing Bradbury’s team thrashed Billericay 5-0 and the manager wants more of the same.

‘We are excited by the prospect of getting back out on the pitch for a game,’ he said.

‘All the players are champing at the bit and looking forward to it.

‘It is important we pick up where we left off and continue our run of good results.

‘Our target is to try and win all our remaining games and see where that takes us.

‘We have tried to do things right and worked hard in training over the last two weeks.

‘To pick it up again we have to be professional and start the game well.

‘We have shown when we do that – and score an early goal – opponents find it difficult to contain us.’

Wide players Chris Arthur and Christian Nanetti have been crucial in putting rival defences under pressure.

And as they improve their delivery, strikers Sahr Kabba and Ollie Palmer will become more potent.

‘We have been working on that and the movement of the strikers in training,’ said Bradbury.

‘If we can improve the end product then we will possess a real threat.’

Bradbury has a full-strength squad to select from after Jesse Kewley-Graham and Emmanuel Ighorae went back to parent club Wycombe.

Hawks: Masters, Newton, Harris, Strugnell, Grant, Arthur, Ryan, Ramsey, Hutchinson, Nanetti, Kabba, Palmer, Jones, Weekes, Gotta