Hawks left relying on luck after Truro draw
HAWKS BOSS Lee Bradbury admitted he'll be hoping for a slice of luck after his side's National League South survival hopes suffered a crushing blow.
The Westleigh Park outfit were held to a goalless draw at home to Truro, as they attempted to climb out of the bottom three with their game in hand.
However, the result means they remain in the drop zone, relying on a win on the final day of the season against Weston-super-Mare and results elsewhere to stay in the division.
‘We need to win on Saturday and have a bit of luck,’ admitted Bradbury.
‘It is no longer in our own hands and all we can do is make sure we win.
‘I thought we looked very nervy in the first half against Truro and failed to create any chances.
‘In the second half it was different and we created a number of opportunities but didn’t take them.
‘In games like this you have to take your chances.
‘In the last 20 minutes we pushed but the ball just wouldn’t drop for us.’
The home side suffered a blow before kick-off when Brian Dutton broke down in the warm-up to be replaced by Lee Molyneaux.
And the Hawks, knowing they needed a win to keep their league destiny in their own hands, made a tentative start.
Shamir Mullings had to make an important defensive header inside his own area to divert the ball from an onrushing Truro forward.
At the other end, the front man sent a header over the top from a Ben Swallow cross.
The home side were finding it difficult to create any clear-cut openings, with Mullings being outnumbered up front.
Theo Lewis was getting through a lot of good work in midfield but Truro continued to look comfortable in defence.
The first half ended goalless with the Hawks still having it all to do.
Mullings crashed a 20-yard shot past the upright as the hosts looked to up the tempo after the break.
Home goalkeeper Ryan Young, however, had to go full stretch to prevent Ben Adelsbury’s hooked shot from looping over him.
Mullings then had a great chance on 64 minutes when he went clear, only to blaze his shot over the bar.
Needing the three points, the Hawks started to step their game up, increasing the pressure on the visitors.
As the tension built, Scott Donnelly forced a full-length save from the visiting goalkeeper as their attempts to claim the three points on offer were thwarted, leaving it all to do in their final game of the season against Weston – and more.
If the Hawks do win tomorrow, they will also require Margate to lose at Bath City and Dartford to beat St Albans.
Hawks: Young, Strugnell, Cummings, Lewis, Molyneaux, Hill, Swallow, Donnelly, Mullings, Robinson, Barker. Substitutes: Paterson, Hayter, Haran, Medway, Thomson