LEE BRADBURY weighed up the Hawks’ gruelling start to their 2014-15 campaign and promised: It can kick-start our season.
The Westleigh Park side were handed the toughest-possible opening to their Conference South term after the league’s fixtures were released yesterday.
They open with a home clash against Bromley on August 9, before travelling to Sutton (August 12) and Ebbsfleet (August 16).
That means they will take on sides who finished second, third and fourth in their division last season before the end of the first month of the new season.
Such a daunting opening would strike fear into many teams.
But Bradbury believes a decent return can instil confidence in his side about what they can achieve.
He said: ‘It’s a tough start, but one we’re looking forward to. We’ve got some of the top sides in the league straight away.
‘It can be a good test for the players because they won’t be too knitted together at that stage.
‘Two of the first three games are away, too. It’s tough but we can get confidence from getting results against them.
‘If we can get points from them that will really carry us through.
‘We will have to play the lower sides at some stage.
‘But, it’s the old cliche, you have to play them all.’
The Christmas period also offers a mouthwatering double-banker against local rivals Gosport on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
Bradbury said: ‘It stops the teams travelling and gives fans the chance to support their team on a bank holiday.
‘It’s a party time and a good time for fans to come and support their team.
‘We get good crowds and it’s a period to look forward to.’
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