Hawks boss bemoans double festive disappointment

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Lee Bradbury has admitted the Hawks’ frustrating festive period has done them few favours.

The Boxing Day defeat to Gosport Borough at Privett Park was a blow.

But the biggest enemy the National League South outfit has faced has been the weather.

Bradbury was hoping his team could use their home game against Bath City and the return against Borough to bounce back to winning ways.

However, both games were postponed because of the waterlogged Westleigh Park pitch.

It means the Hawks remain marooned in the relegation zone and face a big fight to climb away from trouble in the second half of the season.

‘We want to be playing games and getting points on the board,’ said Hawks boss Bradbury.

‘Our home form has been pretty good, so to lose two games at Westleigh Park makes it doubly disappointing.

‘The other frustration is not having the opportunity to get the Gosport defeat out of our system as quickly as possible. We need to put that behind us.

‘The only consolation is that not many teams in our league were able to get their games on this weekend.’

The Hawks are desperate to gain some momentum and the stop-start nature of the last week is not going to help.

Bradbury’s team are also still involved in three knockout competitions – the FA Trophy, the Hampshire Senior Cup and the Portsmouth Senior Cup.

All that makes for a busy schedule in the second half of the season.

They host Welling United in the Trophy a week on Saturday and that will see them fall further behind in the league fixtures.

Bradbury is hoping to avoid a repeat of the 2014-15 campaign.

That season the Hawks ended up cramming a lot of games into a short space of time in the closing weeks and it cost them dear.

‘We were going for the play-offs then and only needed one win from our final three games to make it,’ said the boss.

‘But all the games caught up with us, fatigue set in and we ended up missing out.

‘I don’t want to find ourselves in a similar situation where we have to win games to stay up.

‘No-one wants to be where we are in the league and in the second half of the season more players need to take responsibility.

‘A few players have let us down so far and they know who they are.

‘The second half of the campaign will, hopefully, give them a chance to stand up and be counted.

‘Whether we like it or not, the players and myself are judged on results.

‘It is time for some of the players to stand up and be counted.

‘We are heading into an important stage of the season now.

‘We have 19 games to do something about it.

‘The players we have at the club are good enough to succeed in doing that.’