Hawks plan to pile the misery on Eastbourne Borough

Scott Jones, left, Nic Ciardini, centre, and Dennis Oli, right, are just some of the attacking options available to Hawks boss Lee Bradbury. Pic: Dave Haines

Scott Jones, left, Nic Ciardini, centre, and Dennis Oli, right, are just some of the attacking options available to Hawks boss Lee Bradbury. Pic: Dave Haines

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Confident Hawks are planning to extend Eastbourne Borough’s miserable form in the Skrill South at Westleigh Park tomorrow (3pm).

Manager Lee Bradbury has guided his side to a three-match unbeaten run in the league.

Eastbourne, by contrast, have lost four of their past five.

But manager Lee Bradbury has warned his troops ‘nothing is ever simple in football’.

He has told them to make they sure they graft out the three points.

Bradbury’s team have the added incentive of knowing a win would see them leapfrog over their ninth-placed opponents.

‘This is an opportunity for us and one we don’t want to pass up,’ said the boss.

‘After starting the season well, Eastbourne have lost four out of their past five games.

‘Things are never that simple in football, though, and we will have to work hard to make sure they don’t end their poor run against us.

‘We can be in a confident mood, though, with our recent good form, including scoring four goals in our last home game against Basingstoke.

‘It is still early days but hopefully we have turned the corner and can start to push on.’

Borough have suffered two 3-0 defeats in the last week – the latest at home against Dover in midweek.

The Hawks will look to exploit Borough’s lack of confidence by making a fast start to the contest.

‘We must look to get on the front foot early because the first goal is often so important,’ said Bradbury.

‘More often than not, if you start well then you reap the rewards later on.

‘The last time Eastbourne came to us, they packed the midfield to frustrate us and nicked a goal to win the game.

‘It wouldn’t surprise me if they tried to do the same again.

‘If that is the case then we may need to be patient in our efforts to break them down.’

Bradbury has plenty of attacking options available to him.

Dennis Oli, Sahr Kabba, Scott Jones, Alek Przespolewski and Nic Ciardini are all available up front.

Jones has relished playing in a wide-right role recently, using his pace and aerial ability to cause damage.

Oli is getting stronger every game and Ciardini showed last Saturday at Dover that he is prepared to scrap to the end to try to get a winner.

‘It is early days yet but we are six points better off than we were at this stage last season,’ said Bradbury.

‘We are within touching distance of the play-offs and that’s after an indifferent start.

‘There is still a long way to go and we have to make sure that we keep working hard.’

Ed Harris is still ruled out by ankle-ligament problems and Pedro Monteiro is unavailable.

Italian winger Christian Nanetti may also be back from a hamstring injury but he has not yet been able to train.

Hawks: Bevan, Newton, Woodford, Strugnell, Blanchett, Ryan, Kewley-Graham, Ciardini, Oli, Jones, Kabba, Przespolewski, Ramsey, Atangana, Hutchinson, Nanetti, Searle

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