Positive Hawks impress Bradbury

Scott Jones celebrates his goal against Chelmsford with Dennis Oli. Picture: Dave Haines
Scott Jones celebrates his goal against Chelmsford with Dennis Oli. Picture: Dave Haines
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Lee Bradbury was in positive mood after Hawks crushed Skrill South strugglers Chelmsford City 3-0 at Westleigh Park last night.

Scott Jones and Nic Ciardini put the home side in control with first-half goals.

Sahr Kabba then added a third after the break.

Manager Bradbury felt his team were good value for their victory.

He said: ‘It was a really positive evening and we could have scored a few more.

‘The first goal was important and it allowed us to relax and pass the ball around.

‘We felt we had the game won by half-time.

‘The second half was all about keeping a clean sheet.

‘We achieved that and there were some good performances.

‘Dennis Oli was a real focal point for us. He deserved to get a goal.’

Bradbury made changes to his midfield after the 2-0 defeat at Bromley, bringing in Perry Ryan and Ciardini.

In attack, Jones replaced the injured Christian Nanetti.

Both teams had an attempt on goal in the first minute.

Jones headed over from a Ciardini cross.

Then, for City, Sam Long fired an ambitious 20-yard volley wide of the far post.

As the game settled, the Hawks got on top and were rewarded after 10 minutes.

The referee had no hesitation in awarding a penalty when Ciardini was tripped as he looked to take a return ball from Sahr Kabba.

Ciardini’s spot-kick was brilliantly pushed out by Carl Pentney at full stretch.

But Jones reacted quickest to drill the ball low into the far corner.

Ashley Harris, on loan at Chelmsford from Pompey, sent a shot flashing past Scott Bevan’s left-hand post as the visitors looked to recover.

The Essex side, who had conceded 15 goals in their previous three games, gradually grew into the contest.

But they fell 2-0 down, five minutes before the break.

Ryan knocked the ball in and Ciardini easily slid his shot under Pentney.

The Hawks could easily have stretched their lead in the opening minutes of the second half.

Central defender Ed Harris arrived totally unmarked at a corner but headed wide from an excellent position.

On 59 minutes Kabba tightened the Hawks grip with a superb individual goal.

Receiving the ball wide on the left he cut in, burst past three defenders, and easily fired home from 10 yards.

Ciardini was next denied by a good save from Pentney.

Bradbury then made a double change on 70 minutes, with Ryan Woodford and Dan Strugnell sent on in place of Pedro Monteiro and Jake Newton.

City substitute Joe Ward saw his shot deflected narrowly past the post but the visitors carried little threat.

Hawks just missed out on a fourth, though, as Dennis Oli crashed a 30-yard shot against the post.

HAWKS: Bevan, Newton, Cummings, Ryan, Monteiro, Harris, Ciardini, Atangana, Oli, Kabba, Jones. Subs: Woodford, Kewlwy-Graham, Strugnell, Przespolewski.

CHELMSFORD: Pentney, Mcauley, Nicolau, Lock, Warren, Smith, Long, Hughes, Goulding, Davis, Harris. Subs: Brayley, Graham, Redwood, Ward, Forecast.

Referee: N Lugg (Chipstead).

Att: 390