Bradbury backs Hawks to bolster play-off bid

Ben Swallow, left.   Picture: Allan Hutchings
Ben Swallow, left. Picture: Allan Hutchings
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LEE BRADBURY is backing the Hawks to deliver another three points against St Albans City in the Vanarama Conference South clash at Westleigh Park tonight (7.45pm).

Bradbury wants back-to-back wins to inject further impetus into their play-off bid.

The Hawks are fifth in the league but know that any slip-ups could see them overtaken by Chelmsford City who are breathing down their necks.

With a tough away trip to Eastbourne Borough next up, the last thing the Hawks want is to lose ground at the expense of their rivals.

Bradbury, though, expects his team to rise to the occasion.

‘We have got the quality in our squad to win this game,’ said Bradbury.

‘Getting back to winning ways against Farnborough was important and we must look to push on from that.

‘Maybe we need to be a bit more incisive in the attacking third and do better in and around the box.

‘Having said that I am happy with the amount of possession we are getting and the chances we are creating.

‘It is a confidence thing with strikers and often they just need one goal to get going again.

‘Then when the chances come along they will be expecting to score.’

After three games without a win the Farnborough victory was an important one, even if the 1-0 scoreline wasn’t as comprehensive as it should have been.

The Hawks dominated from start to finish against a team that are surely doomed to relegation.

Despite launching wave after wave of attacks, in the end the Hawks had to settle for a deflected effort from Ben Swallow just before half-time for the win.

It was a poor reward for so much attacking play.

All the Hawks strikers, Ben Wright, JJ Hooper and Bradley Bubb are going through a lean spell but the manager is likely to stick with the former pair against St Albans.

Swallow showed again at the weekend that he is the main threat going forwards.

‘Ben terrorised the Farnborough defence but that is something he is capable of against any opposition,’ said Bradbury.

‘He can go either side of defenders and is a real threat.

‘His tracking back and defending has come on in leaps and bounds and that was the one area of his game that was lacking.’

Bradbury is forced to shuffle his resources because both Nic Ciardini and Josh Huggins are suspended.

He is actively trying to boost his resources with a loan deal but isn’t sure whether it will happen in time.

The Hawks narrowly lost the first meeting between the two clubs at St Albans 1-0 and can expect another tough test.

The visitors are a hard-working determined outfit and the home side will need to match their endeavour if they want three more points.

HAWKS: Young, Strugnell, Harris, Dutton, Cummings, Stock, Donnelly, Ryan, Swallow, Wright, Hooper, Blanchett, Bubb, Connell, Mullings