Wycombe talent to supply Hawks hitmen

Wycombe Wanderers' Jesse Kewley-Graham
Wycombe Wanderers' Jesse Kewley-Graham
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Hawks sink to Bath defeat

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Jesse Kewley-Graham is in line for his first taste of Hawks action at Boreham Wood tonight.

Before Saturday’s abandoned fixture with Bath, the Wycombe Wanderers midfielder penned a five-week loan deal at Westleigh Park.

And after losing out on the weekend fixture, he will be determined to make up for lost time in the Blue Square Bet South clash tonight (7.45pm).

Hawks boss Lee Bradbury has brought the talent in to give his midfield extra creativity.

And after last week’s defeat at Tonbridge checked the Westleigh Park outfit’s recent progress, the manager is keen to get back on track straight away.

‘Jesse is a very energetic fit and creative central midfield player,’ said Bradbury.

‘It will be good to have him alongside our other midfielders because he can bring a degree of calmness on the ball.

‘He is still young and has a good attitude, wanting to learn and develop his game further.’

Kewley-Graham will be fighting for a place in the starting line-up with the likes of Eddie Hutchinson, Perry Ryan and Stefan Bailey – who have all worked tirelessly for the cause but have lacked creativity at times.

Having eased clear over the festive period, Bradbury’s team find themselves just one point above the relegation zone again.

Three of the teams below them have games in hand, too, so it is crucial to begin climbing again soon.

Fourth-placed Boreham Wood have been beaten only once at home all season.

But Bradbury has been encouraged by his team’s performances on the road.

‘There was very little wrong with our performance against Tonbridge – we were beaten by a controversial penalty,’ he said.

‘We were hoping to bounce back against Bath but the weather frustrated us.

‘There was little we could do as all the games on the south coast struggled because of the heavy rain.

‘Even Fratton Park was unfit – and that rarely happens.

‘It was disappointing because we felt Bath was a game where we could have got a result to get back on track.

‘Now we have to go to Boreham Wood who are going well.

‘It is another stern test for us but we will go there and have a good go at it.’

The Hawks felt aggrieved to lose by a single goal at Tonbridge on Tuesday – particularly as they were much the better side on the night.

Defensively the Hawks were very sound, with Ed Harris and Dan Strugnell in commanding form in the centre.

Bournemouth loanee Strugnell is another young talent who is showing great quality and potential.

His partnership with Harris, though, will face another big challenge at Boreham Wood who are looking to consolidate their play-off position.

The Hawks’ biggest test may well be at the other end, however.

The hosts have only conceded six goals at home all season, so the visitors will need to be at their best.