Hawks set out to make it double derby delight

Sahr Kabba celebrates netting against Gosport. Picture: Dave Haines
Sahr Kabba celebrates netting against Gosport. Picture: Dave Haines
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Hawks boss Lee Bradbury is calling on his men to do the double over local rivals Gosport Borough at Privett Park tomorrow (3pm).

An impressive display saw the Westleigh Park outfit win 3-0 against 10-man Borough in Skrill South on Boxing Day.

Gosport left themselves with a mountain to climb, when they had defender Brett Poate sent off in the first half.

After that they offered gallant resistance but the home side proved far too strong.

Bradbury, however, expects Borough to be a different proposition on their own patch and knows his team cannot afford to make mistakes.

On Saturday at Farnborough they were heavily punished for errors.

Bradbury watched his team throw away a two-goal half-time lead in the 2-2 draw at the Paddy Power Stadium.

Now the Hawks need to sharpen up at both ends of the pitch to avoid a derby defeat.

‘We have to be far more clinical in both boxes,’ said Bradbury.

‘At Farnborough we had enough chances to win two games but failed to stick them away.

‘Also, at the back, we reverted to our old selves and conceded a couple of sloppy goals.

‘We must look to improve in both these areas against Borough.

‘In the first game against them we did a professional job and I am looking for us to do the same again.

‘If we go there and play how we can, then we can come away with all three points.’

Bradbury is likely to go with an attacking formation designed to maximise the pace and threat of his strikers.

Scott Jones, Sahr Kabba and Dennis Oli can all cause problems with their direct running.

Kabba and Oli both scored superb individual goals on Boxing Day when Alex Pike’s side struggled to deal with their pace.

It is a big game for both teams, with Borough battling against relegation and the Hawks looking to push for the play-off places.

Once again, with so much at stake, it is likely to be a hard-fought affair

The Hawks have an added incentive as they aim to stretch their unbeaten run to 10 games.

‘We wanted maximum points over the Christmas period but that has gone after drawing at Farnborough,’ added Bradbury.

‘That is disappointing but we must now aim for the next best thing.

‘We are still only five points adrift of the top five, with games in hand, so it isn’t the end of the world.

‘It is time for us to step up a gear and put in another strong performance.’

Bradbury has a full-strength squad to choose from.

He may decide to go back to the same team who beat Borough in the first game.

That would mean a recall for defenders Pedro Monteiro and Dan Blanchett as the Hawks bid to cut out the mistakes that cost them at Farnborough.

Hawks (from): Bevan, Newton, Harris, Monteiro, Blanchett, Cummings, Strugnell, Atangana, Ryan, Ciardini, Jones, Kabba, Oli, Woodford, Nanetti, Przespolewski, Ramsey