Hawks set for take-off as they battle Concord

Lee Molyneaux helped the Hawks keep a clean sheet last time out

Lee Molyneaux helped the Hawks keep a clean sheet last time out

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Lee Bradbury insists it is time for the Hawks to end their Vanarama National South defensive nightmare against Concord Rangers at Westleigh Park (3pm).

The Hawks have gone more than three months without a clean sheet and hold the worst defensive record in the league.

We still have plenty of time to do something about where we are but it has to be done now

Lee Bradbury

Conceding 43 goals in 23 league games has seen them plummet into the bottom three.

Bradbury, however, can take great encouragement from the shut-out in the 2-0 FA Trophy win over Forest Green Rovers.

That included an impressive debut from loanee central-defender Josh Hill but the manager knows his team must now up their game in the league.

He is annoyed his players have reserved their best performances for cup games but let themselves down in the bread-and-butter league games.

If the Hawks are to avoid heading into the new year in the bottom three they must show a big improvement.

Three of their next four games are at home so it is a perfect opportunity to turn their season around.

The priority for Bradbury this weekend has to be three points.

‘It is vital we build on our FA Trophy success and approach it with the same mindset,’ said Bradbury.

‘We can take a lot out of our recent performances.

‘There is no hiding place, though. Players need to produce the goods every week.

‘We still have plenty of time to do something about where we are but it has to be done now.

‘All the games over the Christmas period are big games for us and if we can come away with nine points then we will have done well.

‘If we can go through the next four games unbeaten then that will be great.’

Bradbury is urging his team to stand up to the latest test from Concord Rangers and maintain the resilience shown in the cups.

The visitors will provide another physical challenge.

‘Concord are a team that always work hard for each other and we will have to make sure we match them,’ said Bradbury.

‘At times this season we have allowed opponents to bully us and we can’t afford to let that happen.’

The Hawks are hoping to have central-defender Brian Dutton back.

He is set to return to the squad after injury.

That could give Bradbury a selection problem as Lee Molyneaux and new-boy Hill did well against Forest Green Rovers and the boss is likely to stick with a winning team.

One player who definitely won’t be figuring is midfielder Godfrey Poku.

He has gone back to his parent club Woking, who were not keen on extending his loan deal.

Hawks: Young, Strugnell, Hill, Molyneaux, Medway, Stock, Lewis, Donnelly, Ciardini, Swallow, Paterson, Blanchett, Hayter Mullings, Morgan, McCarthy

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