Hawks must not offer Harrogate any gifts

Hawks defenders will need to be on their game at Harrogate. Picture: Keith Woodland
Hawks defenders will need to be on their game at Harrogate. Picture: Keith Woodland
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Lee Bradbury faces a number of injury concerns ahead of the Hawks demanding Vanarama National League trip to unbeaten league leaders Harrogate Town (3pm).

He could be without four key players against the early pace-setters.

Captain Brian Stock, groin, and midfield dynamo Wes Fogden, knee, both limped out in the first-half against Aldershot Town.

The home side were already without defender Jordan Rose with a hamstring injury and midfield enforcer Mike Carter with an ankle problem.

Bradbury is in a race against time to try and get some of them fit to travel north.

The Hawks will and train at Rotherham United's training ground.

Bradbury will be encouraged by his the battling performance in beating Aldershot 2-1 to chalk up a first home win of the season.

He knows the Hawks will need to match their hard work if they are to upset their high-flying hosts.

‘We will certainly be the underdogs for this one against a team joint-top of the league,' said boss Bradbury.

‘Against Aldershot we showed great discipline and will need to do that again.

‘To a man we worked hard and put a shift in. If we do then hopefully we can come back down the road with something.

It is on a 4G surface again which is not my favourite thing.

‘There are no excuses, though, because we train on the same surface.

‘We have to make sure we make ourselves hard to beat.

‘The aim is to go out and win the game but at the same time try not to concede.

‘They haven't lost yet so that will be important.

‘We will need to be at our most resilient at Harrogate more than anywhere at the moment.’

The Hawks boosted their confidence with their gritty disciplined performance against the Shots.

At times they were put under a lot of pressure by their established National League opponents.

Superbly well marshalled by Paul Robinson at the back, however, the home side refused to crack.

It wasn't until the final seconds that the Shots grabbed their goal.

Robinson also popped up earlier to grab the Hawks second vital goal which they desperately needed.

The win was a just reward for the hard work put in by the team all over the pitch.

Bradbury regarded it as a big, big win for his team.

‘We are going to Harrogate on the back of a good win and performance,' added Bradbury.

‘The only worrying thing is the injury situation. We might struggle to fill the bench.'