Bradbury calls on Hawks to end ‘bad spell’

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Lee Bradbury is backing his Hawks squad to bounce back from their disappointing start to the season.

Staines Town are the visitors to Westleigh Park tomorrow (3pm) as the home side look to break their duck.

Three successive defeats have left the Hawks propping up the Vanarama Conference South table.

Despite the difficult start, Bradbury has the belief his team will soon start to climb the league.

‘We are determined to put things right as soon as possible,’ said Bradbury.

‘It isn’t nice having nothing on the board after three games.

‘Every club goes through a poor spell during the season and hopefully we are getting ours out of the way early.’

Staines will present another difficult test having started the season with two wins from their three games.

Bradbury knows his team will need to pose a bigger threat going forward, and start to put away their chances.

The Hawks have only scored once so far – and that came from a Scott Donnelly penalty.

They are yet to create and score a goal from open play.

Bradbury said: ‘We need to be more of a threat going forward and in the Ebbsfleet game that wasn’t the case.

‘A couple of shots on goal but nothing to write home about.

‘It definitely needs to be better in that department.’

Bradbury wants to play with three strikers up front and if that is to be successful his trio need to start scoring goals.

Bradley Bubb, Shamir Mullings and JJ Hooper are yet to find the net.

‘As a striker you always want to score and the longer it goes on it becomes more difficult,’ added Bradbury.

‘Some of my strikers have not had much game-time with us leading into the season.

‘They are only going to get better, but that needs to happen quickly.

‘They are hungry to do well and score goals, but are not quite at where they want to be.’

One major positive for Bradbury from the Ebbsfleet defeat was the full debut of Brian Dutton.

The experienced midfielder gave the Hawks a far more solid look, playing just in front of the back four.

But for a wonder goal, the Hawks could have picked up their first point.

Bradbury regards the pre-season injury to Dutton and his lack of game-time as one of the factors behind his team’s poor start.

‘Dutton’s experience is important to us and the quicker we can get him fully fit the better,’ he said.

‘All pre-season he struggled with a calf injury – and is only now starting to pick his fitness up.’

Bradbury also hopes to have winger Ben Swallow fit for his first start this weekend.

So far the winger has only managed a couple of cameo substitute appearances.

Hawks: Young, Blanchett, Strugnell, Woodford, Harris, Huggins, Ryan, Dutton, Ciardini, Donnelly, Bubb, Mullings, Hooper, Swallow, Monteiro, Cummings, Wedlake.