Havant & Waterlooville know what they need to do at Peter Taylor’s Dagenham

Jonah Ayunga shone and scored a goal on his debut for the Hawks in the victory against Maidstone. Picture: Chris Moorhouse
Jonah Ayunga shone and scored a goal on his debut for the Hawks in the victory against Maidstone. Picture: Chris Moorhouse
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Lee Bradbury is backing the Hawks to blunt the Daggers in tonight’s Vanarama National League meeting (7.45pm).

Both teams are in good form, having recently hauled themselves out of the relegation zone and Bradbury is predicting a close contest.

Hosts Dagenham & Redbridge have won four of their past five games while the Hawks are unbeaten in their past four games.

Bradbury is also looking forward to meeting up with an old acquaintance.

The Hawks boss said: ‘Their boss Peter Taylor was my old England Under 21 manager.

‘They have had new investment into the club and like us have started turning things around.

‘He is a good coach, has a good rapport with players and is very thorough.

‘We are going there in a good place both mentally and physically.

‘It has taken us a bit of time to start turning the corner.

‘Earlier in the season we were involved in numerous games where we deserved something but came away with nothing.

‘Now we are more used to the level and the standard we need to set ourselves to pick up points.

‘I have also brought in some new faces to freshen things up a little.’

Bradbury was delighted with the debut of new striker Jonah Ayunga who got on the scoresheet against Maidstone United.

Ayunga has been brought in to replace Alfie Pavey who has been sold to Dover Athletic.

Bradbury added: ‘Jonah displayed what a threat he can be with his pace and physicality.

‘He also showed his goalscoring ability with an excellent strike in the first half.

‘The lad is still only 21 years old and he is only going to get better with more games.’

Bradbury is also boosted by having Paul Robinson and Andreas Robinson back in contention after injury.

Meanwhile, the Hawks will face Pavey’s Dover in the FA Trophy on Saturday, December 15.