Bradbury calls on fans to give Hawks edge

Lee Bradbury. Picture: Dave Haines
Lee Bradbury. Picture: Dave Haines
Matt Tubbs netted for the Hawks

Bradbury: Brave Hawks so unlucky to lose

  • Hawks host Boreham Wood in play-off semi-final tonight
  • Former Pompey striker reckons supporters can play key part
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Lee Bradbury has issued a rallying cry to Hawks fans as he prepares to lead his troops into their Vanarama Conference South play-off semi-final.

Boreham Wood arrive at Westleigh Park for the first leg tonight (7.45pm).

This is our last home game of the campaign whatever happens, so I would urge people to come and cheer us on one last time

Lee Bradbury

The two promotion hopefuls will meet again for the second leg in Hertfordshire on Saturday.

Former Pompey striker Bradbury believes a large home crowd can give his team the edge in what is expected to be a fiercely-contested battle.

‘It would be lovely if people turned out in force and got behind us,’ said the Hawks boss.

‘This is our last home game of the campaign whatever happens, so I would urge people to come and cheer us on one last time.

‘The players appreciate it when they play in front of a large crowd and respond well to it.

‘It can make a huge difference.

‘Our supporters have a key role to play and can have a big influence.

‘In recent weeks our support has been fantastic with large numbers travelling up to Basingstoke.

‘We are taking a few coachloads up to Boreham Wood for the second leg and there is a chance we could out-number the home support.

‘They have a massive part to play.’

Reaching the play-offs has been a target for Bradbury and the Hawks all season – particularly after the heartbreak of missing out on the final day of last term on goal difference.

Now there is a determination in the squad 
to make the final on 
Saturday, May 9 and claim promotion into the Conference Premier.