‘Terrific’ Tarbuck taking to the National League stage

Bradley Tarbuck has been excellent form for the Hawks. Picture: Keith Woodland
Bradley Tarbuck has been excellent form for the Hawks. Picture: Keith Woodland
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Bradley Tarbuck is starting to show he can handle the step up to the Vanarama National League.

The 22-year-old attacking wide player was named man of the match in the Hawks 2-1 win against FC Halifax at Westleigh Park.

It was a well-deserved accolade.

He tormented the visiting defence down the right and set up the all-important second goal for Alfie Rutherford.

Receiving the ball out on the flank he tricked his way past three defenders and delivered a low cross which left Rutherford with a simple tap-in.

Tarbuck was lively throughout the game, getting on the ball and running at defenders.

Lee Bradbury has been impressed enough with his efforts to reward him with a new contract.

This will keep him at the club until 2020.

The Hawks boss said: ‘Bradley was excellent, absolutely outstanding against Halifax.

‘His assist for the second goal was fantastic, twisting and turning, remaining dogged and strong to get past his markers.

‘Then he produced a good delivery.

‘Up and down the right-hand side he was immense and he had one of his best games for the club.

‘It suits him getting the ball in an attacking area in a 4-4-2 formation.

‘He can get on without worrying about having to get back because he has got cover behind him.

‘When you play wing backs you got to make that run and strive to get back.

‘That can be tough at times.

‘Having said that he is a fit lad and he was terrific for us.

‘He was hungry to get on the ball.

‘He has pretty much played every game in two promotion winning seasons.

‘He fully deserves his new contract.’

Against Halifax the Hawks had to endure a nervous final 15 minutes after a rare error from goalkeeper Ben Dudzinski offered the visitors a glimpse of rescuing a point.

Niall Maher's 25-yard shot slipped through the hands of the home custodian into the net.

Few will criticise the young keeper because he has been outstanding since taking the place of Ryan Young.

Earlier in the game he produced yet another tremendous low save to prevent the Hawks from going behind.

Bradbury is not concerned about the late mistake against Halifax.

He added: ‘Ben has been fantastic for us but the ball has wobbled all over the place and he has just misjudged it.

‘I will back him to kick on from that.

‘If ever there is a good time to do it, then it is when you win the game and it doesn't hurt you.’

The win against FC Halifax lifted the Hawks out of the bottom four on goal difference.

They are in 20th position with 17 points

Their quest to keep climbing the league continues on Saturday with a visit to Chesterfield who also have 17 points.

They are one place above the Hawks with a better goal difference.