Lee Bradbury lauds Hawks’ desire following Maidenhead romp 

Alfie Rutherford fired a double for the Hawks. Picture: Neil Marshall
Alfie Rutherford fired a double for the Hawks. Picture: Neil Marshall

Lee Bradbury praised the hunger and desire the Hawks displayed in their rout of Maidenhead.

The Westleigh Park outfit romped to a 7-0 victory in the National League.

Alfie Rutherford returned from his loan spell at Eastbourne Borough to net a double off the bench, while Alfie Pavey (two), Tyler Cordner, Rory Williams and Alex Bradley were also on target.

The win was the Hawks’ first for the best part of two months in the league and moved within a point  of moving out of the relegation zone.

Bradbury hailed the application his troops displayed in his side’s win. 

Although the hosts were aided by visiting keeper Carl Pentney being sent off, the Westleigh Park manager saluted the Hawks’ ruthlessness in front of goal.

‘This is a big result and a massive boost for us,’ said Bradbury. 

‘It showed the players cared about recent results and displayed tremendous hunger and desire.

‘I thought they were fantastic, not just because we won 7-0 but because of their attitude.

‘Maidenhead couldn’t live with us from the first whistle and this sets the bar for us going forward.

‘Okay, things went for us with their goalkeeper being sent off, but we still had to do the job.

‘We were clinical and professional.’ 

AFC Bournemouth loanee Cordner handed the Hawks the lead on eight minutes.

In the 35th minute, Bradbury's side’s task was made much easier when Pentney was dismissed for handling the ball outside the area.

Williams rifled the subsequent free-kick home.

Rutherford celebrated his return to Westleigh Park in the 63rd minute by getting on the scoresheet.

Within three minutes Pavey moved the Hawks into a five-goal advantage with a quickfire double.

Rutherford added a sixth in the 79th minute before Bradley put the icing on the cake with six minutes remaining.