Hawks challenged to complete their Trophy mission

Dennis Oli. Picture: Dave Haines
Dennis Oli. Picture: Dave Haines
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Lee Bradbury warmed up for an FA Trophy replay against Basingstoke and told his Hawks: Get the job done.

The Westleigh Park side play host to their Hampshire rivals tonight (7.45pm).

The pair are all set to lock horns after Saturday’s tie ended goalless at the Camrose.

It was the visitors who came the closest to snatching the win before they emerged with a well-deserved draw.

Powerful forward Dennis Oli hit the post in the first half.

And strike-partner Sahr Kabba was denied at the death when clear through on goal.

The Hawks defeated Basingstoke 4-1 at Westleigh Park in the Skrill South earlier this season.

And they will fancy their chances of repeating the trick and earning a spot in the second round.

But Bradbury is keen to impress upon his players that they can take nothing for granted.

He was quick to remind his men about the mistakes they made in the FA Cup replay against Gloucester City in October.

‘It is only half-time in the tie and there is still a lot of work for us to do,’ said the Hawks boss.

‘We can take a lot of confidence from the way we beat them at home earlier this season.

‘Again we will try and pass the ball as well as we did in that league game and get a similar result.

‘Hopefully we have also learned from our FA Cup exit at the hands of Gloucester.

‘We drew 0-0 at their place only to fall short in the replay at Westleigh Park.

‘We will look to avoid a repeat of that because we want to be in the hat for the next round.

‘It is a massive game for both clubs.

‘We have picked up of late at home and I am looking for us to go out and get the job done.’

The opening 45 minutes at the Camrose proved a scrappy, messy affair – with both teams eager not to make any mistakes.

There was very little to choose between the teams but Oli almost broke the deadlock before half-time with a shot that bounced clear off the inside of the post.

The game remained on a knife-edge in the second half.

Both defences were on top before the Hawks almost snatched the win in stoppage-time through Kabba.

‘We had to work hard for it because good teams have lost at Basingstoke recently,’ added Bradbury.

‘They had won five out of their last six games and are a good side.

‘It was a very tight game and it always looked as though one chance would settle it.

‘We probably had the best chance at the death in a one-on-one with their goalkeeper – and Kabba was unlucky not to score.

‘My players had to be switched on all the way through because Basingstoke were quite lively.

‘I thought we defended well and remained well organised and disciplined.

‘We never allowed them any clear-cut chances and achieved the clean sheet we had targeted at the start of the game.’

Hawks: Bevan, Newton, Harris, Monteiro, Ciardini, Atangana, Ryan, Nanetti (Ramsey, 89mins), Oli, Kabba, Jones (Przespolewski, 72mins). Att: 354