Hawks ready to finish the job

Benji Buchel. Picture: Dave Haines
Benji Buchel. Picture: Dave Haines
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Lee Bradbury is backing the Hawks to seal their place in the Skrill South play-offs tonight (7.45pm).

A win will take the Westleigh Park side five points ahead of closest rivals Dover Athletic, to guarantee them a place in the Skrill South play-offs.

The Hawks are within touching distance of achieving their play-off ambitions but acknowledge there is work still to be done.

Maidenhead are scrapping to avoid relegation and showed with their 1-0 win over Ebbsfleet that they are very much still up for it.

If they do cause an upset it will leave the Hawks facing a tense final game at Tonbridge on Saturday.

‘Obviously we want to get the job done as soon as possible,’ said Bradbury.

‘I believe my players have the experience and temperament to finish the job.

‘This is a big game for both teams who are desperate for the points, even if for different reasons.

‘Maidenhead are bound to be well up for it, particularly after their good win at the weekend.

‘It is bound to be a nervous occasion for both teams.

‘We will have to make sure we match them for energy and work-rate because they do possess a threat going forward.’

Bradbury expects to reshuffle his line-up again due to injury and will need to freshen things up.

Big targetman Dennis Oli is definitely ruled out by a groin injury and there are fitness doubts over midfield playmaker Nigel Atangana.

The French midfielder picked up a knee injury late in the Eastleigh game and is unlikely to figure.

The Hawks showed in the win over Eastleigh that they are determined to keep going.

It was a workmanlike performance that brought them the vital three points they needed.

‘We looked a bit leggy in midfield against Eastleigh and I may need to address that,’ said Bradbury.

‘The important thing is not to panic if we don’t make an early breakthrough.

‘Our defence has been magnificent and the bedrock of our success.

‘Another clean sheet, which would be our 21st in the league this season, will get us close to where we want to be.

‘We have defended from the front and, as a team, working hard for each other.

‘Having got ourselves into this position, it would be hugely disappointing not to go on and make it.

‘It is not all done and dusted by a long way.

‘It is all about dragging ourselves over the finishing line.

‘I want us to win both our remaining games and try to catch fourth-placed Ebbsfleet.

‘We want to finish as high as we possibly can.

‘Then if we make it, then the hard work will start all over again.’

Hawks: Buchel, Strugnell, Woodford, Harris, Monteiro, Blanchett, Newton, Ryan, Donnelly, Ciardini, Nanetti, Kabba, Jones, Bassele, Przespolewski, Hutchinson, Atangna, Cummings.

n Bognor secured a Ryman League Premier division play-off spot with a 3-0 win against Hendon on Monday.

Ollie Pearce, Terry Dodd and Ben Johnson netted the goals.

The Rocks will now either finish second or third in the table. Their semi-final will be at Nyewood Lane on Wednesday, April 30 (7.45pm).