Hutchinson has key role for Hawks at Welling

Eddie Hutchinson

Eddie Hutchinson

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Lee Bradbury reckons battler Eddie Hutchinson can inspire the Hawks to an upset at title-chasers Welling United tomorrow (3pm).

The defensive midfielder has been a major force in earning some good recent away results.

He helped the Hawks record a 1-0 win at Dorchester and a 1-1 draw at Farnborough.

But Welling, who currently sit second in the Blue Square Bet South, will be desperate to bounce back after suffering two away defeats in a week.

That brought to an end their impressive 11-match winning streak.

Manager Jamie Day will be tasking his men with putting the losses behind them as they look to continue their formidable home form at Park View Road

However, Bradbury feels Hutchinson can provide the steel Hawks need to put another spanner in Welling’s title challenge.

He said: ‘When you have to go to tough physical places like Welling, Hutch comes into his element.

‘He loves battling, getting in peoples faces, winning the ball, tackles and his individual battles.

‘The lad leads by his actions and he has been great, with a fantastic attitude to have in the team.

‘A lot of the younger players look up to him and he will have a key role to play.

‘He is the sort of player we will need who will dig in and do their job.’

Welling are unbeaten at home this season and have fired 36 goals in 13 matches on their own patch.

Hawks will need to be at their best defensively to combat the threat and Bradbury is confident they can stifle the home side’s attacking talent.

He said: ‘We have looked nice and solid at the back recently and earned some decent results away from home.

‘Ideally, we would like all three points but a point would be a good one.

‘We will need to roll up our sleeves and frustrate Welling as much as we can.

‘Our defensive unit looks strong and as a back four we have looked cohesive and tough to get through.

‘Dan Strugnell and Ed Harris, in the heart of the defence, are forming a good partnership.

‘If we can keep a clean sheet we always possess the quality to nick a goal at the other end.’

The Hawks manager is hoping to boost his squad by bringing in Wycombe Wanderers winger Emanuel Ighorae on a loan deal.

Ighorae, 18, is a tricky, pacy player and Bradbury feels he can provide another attacking option to his squad.

Steve Ramsey is facing a three-match ban, starting next weekend, after his red card at Farnborough.

Ighorae could cover for Ramsey’s absence during a difficult run of fixtures for the Hawks.

The clash with Welling is the first of consecutive matches with the top three sides in the league.

Hawks travel to third-placed Chelmsford on Monday and leaders Salisbury visit Westleigh Park next Saturday.

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