Bradbury eyes hat-trick as Hawks launch charge

Bradley Bubb is an injury doubt. Picture: Sarah Standing
Bradley Bubb is an injury doubt. Picture: Sarah Standing
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Lee Bradbury is stressing the need to maintain momentum ahead of the Hawks Vanarama Conference South test against Bishop’s Stortford at Westleigh Park tomorrow (3pm).

The Hawks boss is delighted with the way his players have bounced back after their difficult start to the campaign.

After losing their opening three games they have hit back with successive victories against Staines Town and Bath City.

Bradbury wants his side to make it a hat-trick of wins and use it as a platform to go on an unbeaten run.

‘We have to see the next few games as an opportunity to climb the league after a difficult start,’ said Bradbury.

‘After five games, we are actually a point better off than we were at the same stage last season.

‘Having played three of the top sides already we can be fairly pleased.

‘Though results have improved, we know there are still plenty of areas we need to work on.

‘They include being better in both boxes.

‘We have to strike a better balance of being solid at the back and posing a threat going forwards.’

The Hawks could and should have had a hatful of goals against a poor Bath City side, floundering at the bottom of the league.

On at least three occasions they failed to capitalise on clear one-on-one chances.

In the end, it took a horrific defensive mix-up in the home defence and an extraordinary goal from keeper Ryan Young to secure the points.

‘We need to be far more clinical in front of goal,’ said Bradbury.

‘With the pace we have up front we are going to get lots of one-on-one situations, and we must learn to stick them away.

‘The positive thing is that apart from the Ebbsfleet game we are creating lots of chances.

‘It is only a matter of time before we give someone a four or five goal beating.’

Scott Donnelly impressed on his return to the side at Bath after being left out for a couple of games.

He showed that he was hungry to hang onto his place.

His silky skills regularly cut open the home defence, creating opportunities for the front men.

Perry Ryan also covered every blade of grass, showing signs he is getting back towards his best.

Striker Bradley Bubb and young defender Dan Strugnell are doubtful for tomorrow, with hamstring and knee problems respectively.

The Hawks will want to make the most of being back at Westleigh Park, particularly after their nightmare journey back from Bath on bank holiday Monday.

The team coach broke down five miles outside Bath and a number of players had to hire a taxi back to pick up their cars at Chievely Services, outside Newbury.

The rest of the squad had to wait for a replacement coach to be sent from Southampton and they finally got home at midnight.

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