Bradbury: Hawks need home comforts

Hawks boss Lee Bradbury
Hawks boss Lee Bradbury

Lee Bradbury admits the Hawks still need to find a winning formula at home.

The Hawks face Solihull Moors at Westleigh Park in the Vanarama National League tomorrow at Westleigh Park (3pm).

So far this season, Bradbury's side have managed just one win in front of their home fans.

That came in the 2-1 success against Aldershot in front of the live TV cameras.

Since then, the Hawks have lost at home to both Hartlepool United and Sutton United.

In the last week good away points have been picked up at Ebbsfleet United and Barnet.

Bradbury accepts they will count for little if his side can't start winning at home, though.

'We have performed well at home so far and been very close,' said Bradbury.

'It is vital that we turn this into home wins.

'So far we have drawn or lost games by the single goal.

'Our home form will be crucial in our bid to stay in this league.'

The Hawks’ cause isn't helped by the fact that they will be without influential captain Brian Stock on Saturday.

The experienced midfielder picked up a fifth booking of the season in midweek and serves a one-match ban.

'Stocky will be a massive miss for us,' said Bradbury.

'On Tuesday he played with a bad injury with a foot that was swollen and black and blue.

'He just took a couple of painkillers, got on with it and was very effective.

'It showed what a fantastic attitude he has.

'We will miss his passing ability, intelligent play and his experience.

'On the other hand, other players who have come in recently, stepped up to the plate and done well.'

Sixth-placed Solihull Moors will present another awkward challenge to the home side.

The midlanders have won their last three games without conceding a goal.

Striker Dan Wright will need to be watched closely having scored in each of those games.

With Stock out, Bradbury may look to promote midweek goalscoring hero Andreas Robinson into the starting line-up.

Robinson produced two magnificent strikes at Barnet to earn a valuable and deserved point.

Ibra Sekajja may also get a start after his influential second half display in north London.

Sekajja gave the Hawks an impetus which had been missing in the middle of the park.

Goalkeeper Ben Dudzinski was another who performed well, pulling off a string of good saves when his side were under pressure.

He is likely to continue in place of the ousted Ryan Young.