Lee Bradbury has warned his Hawks side to stay focused as they bid to join Gosport Borough in the semi-finals of the FA Trophy tonight.
Borough claimed a shock 2-1 win at North Ferriby to claim a place in the last four – and the Hawks can join them if they overcome Skrill Premier outfit Aldershot at Westleigh Park (7.45pm).
Bradbury understood Pike’s tongue-in-cheek comments in The News yesterday about preferring a semi-final showdown with their local rivals, but knows his side will need to be at their best if they are to beat their opponents from the higher division.
Bradbury said: ‘Of course you look at the possibilities if we win, but we can’t afford to look too far ahead. We’ve got a difficult game against Aldershot.
‘The chance of getting Gosport in a two-legged semi-final would be fantastic – maybe it would be even better in the final!
‘I know Alex well and I know what he means about wanting us in the next round. You would want the easiest route possible and he’s right in that respect.
‘The other teams in the semi-finals – Cambridge and Grimsby – would be expected to beat both of us, so I would like to get Gosport in the next round if we can get past Aldershot.
‘We’ve already played Gosport and beat them 3-0 so we would like to think that we could beat them over two legs. There is a long way to go before we can think about that, though.’
Bradbury added: ‘I’ve watched Aldershot and I expect them to be a tougher test than any other team we’ve faced this season.
‘It’s been so frustrating to have so many games called off but we are desperate to play and it’s a huge game for the club.’
– STEVE WILSON
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