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Brian Stock. Picture: Allan Hutchings
Brian Stock. Picture: Allan Hutchings
Hawks boss Lee Bradbury. Picture: Habibur Rahman (170972-31)

Bradbury hails his steely Hawks

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Lee Bradbury maintains a strong belief the Hawks can come away from today’s trip to Eastbourne Borough with three more vital National League South points (3pm).

He reckons the Hawks are capable of curing their away troubles which have seen them win just once on the road this season.

Two consecutive wins at Westleigh Park have lifted the Hawks up to 16th in the table – three points above the relegation zone.

Now Bradbury knows his team must produce the goods away from home to avoid slipping back into danger.

At times this term, the boss has been accused of adopting a negative stance away from home – packing the midfield and playing with just one striker.

However, in the last two home wins, he has adopted a more attacking 4-4-2 formation – with the far greater threat paying dividends.

And Bradbury is planning to stick with the winning formula.

The ex-AFCBournemouth boss said: ‘If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

‘At the same time, we certainly don’t want to get beaten – so it is a case of finding the right balance.

‘Our mindset is now a little different and we feel we have the quality in our squad to do better away. We are a different outfit to that of earlier in the season.

‘I feel we are now far more consistent in our ability to work hard for each other.

‘In our last six or seven games we have reaped the benefits of that. We have a lot more depth in our squad and I will back the players 100 per cent.

‘Our squad is looking strong and I have the option of rotating things to rest tired legs and cover for injuries.

‘All the players on the bench have played recently and done well for us.

‘First and foremost we have to go to Eastbourne prepared to work hard.’

Brian Stock picked up a dead leg against Hayes & Yeading.

Bradbury is hoping his captain can shake off the knock but if not he can once again call on Theo Lewis, who did a good job in the second half on Good Friday.

With the likes of Warren Cummings, Nic Ciardini, Lee Molyneaux, Shamir Mullings, Elliot Mitchell, James Haran and Lewis on the bench, Bradbury does have plenty of options at his disposal.

But unless he is forced into making changes, Bradbury intends to stick with his winning starting line-up in a bid to improve their awful away record.

The Hawks boss said: ‘Our away record has not been anywhere good enough.

‘But we have a chance between now and the end of the season to improve on it.

‘Playing last Friday has given us an extra day of rest, which hopefully we will be able to exploit.

HAWKS: Young, Strugnell, Hill, Robinson, Medway, Stock, Donnelly, Swallow, Paterson, Hayter, Barker, Lewis, Haran, Mullings, Mitchell, Cummings, Ciardini