Bradbury: This is the big chance for Hawks

LEE BRADBURY is urging the Hawks to seize the chance of taking over at the top of the Ryman League premier division.

Tuesday, 18th October 2016, 7:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 8:51 pm
Rory Williams has been impressive for the Hawks this season

A win over basement side Metropolitan Police at Westleigh Park tonight (7.45pm) will achieve that.

Current leaders Leiston will then head south to visit the Hawks on Saturday, so it is a key time in the title race.

Boss Bradbury will be disappointed if his side waste the opportunity, considering they are unbeaten at home so far this season.

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The Hawks are also in line to complete the league double over Met Police, having won 2-1 at Imber Court at the start of the season.

Bradbury, however, insists that nothing can be taken for granted.

He said: ‘Leiston at the weekend is probably our biggest game so far this season.

‘It is vital, however, we don’t look too far ahead and focus on getting it right against Met Police.

‘We have to make sure we are in the right frame of mind.

‘It is also important we go into the following game on the back of a good result.

‘The aim is to go into the Leiston game as league leaders.

‘To do that we have to pick up all three points.

‘Though we won at Met Police the first half at their place was probably the worst we have played.

‘I want us to show them just why we are where we are in the league.

‘If we go out and play with the same intensity that we have been then we should get the result we need.

‘Met Police have improved since our first game against them though.

‘They have some lively, pacy players in their team.

‘They showed that when they scored against us in the opening minute in the first game.

‘We have to make sure we are on it right from the start.’

Bradbury is hoping full-back Rory Williams will recover from the knock that forced him off early in the 1-0 win over Leatherhead.

Williams has made the left-back position his own since joining from Gosport Borough during the summer.

Not only is he a good defender but he also likes to get forward and provide an attacking threat down the flank.

‘Rory has been great since coming to us,’ said Bradbury.

‘He wants to be a winner in everything he does and his attitude is spot-on.

‘First and foremost he is a defender but he loves nothing better than getting forward looking to cause damage to our opponents.’

The Hawks are unbeaten in the league since the opening day of the season.

And Bradbury is confident his team can keep that run going.

HAWKS: Young, Strugnell, Woodford, Harris, Williams, Stock, Lewis, Fogden, Swallow, Prior, Paterson, Barker, Robinson, Rutherford, Tarbuck, Hayter