Hawks boss demands Trophy desire in league battle

Eddie Hutchinson wins a header. Picture: Dave Haines

Eddie Hutchinson wins a header. Picture: Dave Haines

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Lee Bradbury has told the Hawks to net Blue Square Bet South points after their FA Trophy triumph.

The Westleigh Park side host Staines Town tomorrow (3pm) – after springing a knockout surprise at Braintree Town this week.

According to Bradbury, the Tuesday night triumph over their premier division rivals was down to the ‘desire’ and commitment of his men.

Now the Hawks boss is challenging his players to deliver a repeat performance in the league, where climbing out of the bottom three is the priority.

Having netted just two wins in front of their own fans this term, the Hawks are desperate for home improvements.

They will be keen to make up for the disappointing 2-1 defeat by Bromley last time out.

And turning Westleigh Park into a fortress will be key to lifting them clear of relegation danger.

‘We need three points,’ said Bradbury.

‘It is all about being consistent. At Braintree we showed great application, desire and work-rate.

‘Our win was fully deserved but now we need to take that into our league performances.

‘If we can perform at that level week in, week out, we will beat a lot of teams in our league.’

With a fully-fit squad to choose from, Bradbury has admitted he faces some selection headaches ahead of the visit of Staines Town.

His biggest is in the heart of defence where he has Ryan Woodford and Dan Strugnell available again. The former was suspended for Tuesday’s Trophy tie, while AFC Bournemouth loanee Strugnell was ineligible.

Eddie Hutchinson filled the void magnificently at Braintree and Bradbury may be loathe to move him back into midfield.

‘Hutch was an absolute war horse and real battler,’ said Bradbury.

‘He was a different class out there for us, prepared to put his body on the line, making some great tackles. The lad has great ability in the air and is a good leader.’

Also impressing were Sahr Kabba, Christian Nanetti, Chris Arthur and Perry Ryan, who will be hoping to have done enough to retain their places.

That could mean Steve Ramsey, who was ill, and the unavailable Ryan Moss may miss out.

Bradbury said: ‘A lot of players came into the side and showed me what they are capable of. We troubled Braintree with our pace and power going forward and can take a lot of belief from that.

‘Chris Arthur was magnificent down the left – particularly in the first half.

‘The mindset now has to be one that enables us to go out and beat Staines.

‘We will only do that if we keep working hard for each other.’

Hawks: Masters, Newton, Harris, Hutchinson, Butler, Woodford, Ryan, Bailey, Nanetti, Palmer, Kabba, Arthur, Strugnell, Hinshelwood, Taggart, Jones, Moss, Ramsey, Thomas

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