Hawks keen to play their cards right without Nanetti

Hawks winnger Christian Nanetti Picture: Dave Haines
Hawks winnger Christian Nanetti Picture: Dave Haines
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The Hawks will be without wing-wizard Christian Nanetti when they start their pre-season friendly programme against League Two Wycombe Wanderers at Westleigh Park tomorrow (3pm).

The Bologna-born player is in Las Vegas competing in the World Series Poker Tournament.

Nanetti has qualified for the final stages of the glamour tournament and will be away for up to 10 days.

The Wycombe encounter promises to be a testing start to pre-season for the Hawks but manager Lee Bradbury believes the game will be good for his squad.

‘Three of our first four friendlies are against League Two clubs and the other against a Blue Square Bet Premier side,’ he said.

‘It is a difficult start but one we are relishing.

‘They are all good games and should bring the crowds in.

‘Knowing Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth, his side will be hard-working, fit and wanting to play football.

‘They also have got some good, experienced players so it will be a good test for us.’

Apart from Nanetti, young defender Joe Noakes is also ruled out by injury.

However, ex-Hawks defender John McDonald has returned to the club to train during the summer and is expected to feature at some point.

McDonald has been out of the game for a season through injury but has done well and impressed Bradbury.

Striker Jukian Owusu, who was at Hayes & Yeading last season, is also expected to figure as a triallist – along with ex-Bristol Rovers goalkeeper Scott Bevan.

Meanwhile, Wessex League premier division Moneyfields are hosting Farnham at Dover Road as they start their preparations for the 2013-14 season.

Moneys boss Miles Rutherford has added James Ford, from Gosport Borough, and Josh Case (Hayling United) to his squad numbers.

Danny Horrell and Louie Savage have returned after spells out through injury but the biggest bonus is the reappearance of striker Steve Hutchings.

Hutchings headed off to Australia towards the end of last season but has returned earlier than expected.

Horndean have a double-header against Clanfield (1pm and 3pm) at Five Heads Park, and United Services host Folland Sports at Burnaby Road (11.45am).