Bradbury happy with his Hawks recruits after win at Horndean

Scott Donnelly netted the winner from the spot. Picture: Ian Hargreaves
Scott Donnelly netted the winner from the spot. Picture: Ian Hargreaves
The Hawks have agreed new deals for four key men. Picture: Keith Woodland

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Lee Bradbury felt his new Hawks signings did well in the 2-1 win at Horndean.

The Westleigh Park boss watched on as goals from Adrian Clifton and Scott Donnelly earned victory in the pre-season friendly.

I thought all the new lads did well and fitted in

Lee Bradbury

Robbie Pittman replied for the Deans.

Bradbury was able to introduce his summer recruits, including Clifton, Marvin Morgan and James Hayter and was happy with how they performed.

He said: ‘I thought all the new lads did well and fitted in.

‘It was a really worthwhile exercise. Importantly, we came through it without any injuries.

‘Up until now we’ve had minimal contact with the ball so it was good for the lads to get out there and play.

Newcomer Clifton put the Hawks ahead in the 23rd minute, lashing his shot home from outside the area.

Horndean’s Robbie Pittman levelled from the spot, five minutes before the break, after keeper Ryan Young felled Nathan Paxton in the area.

Lee Bradbury sent out a completely different 11 for the second half.

Debutant striker Marvin Morgan forced a low save from Lyall Beazley within a minute of the restart.

Scott Donnelly then put the Hawks back ahead with an 81st-minute penalty after Morgan was tripped.

Triallist Ed Saunders, recently released by Sheffield Wednesday, also featured for the Hawks last night.

Meanwhile, Gosport Borough have cancelled tomorrow night’s pre-season friendly against Wessex League premier division side Blackfield & Langley at Privett Park.

Manager Alex Pike revealed work on the Privett Park pitch is still going on.

‘We cancelled the game as a precautionary measure,’ said Pike.

‘With our games against Football League sides Luton Town and Portsmouth coming up we want to make sure our pitch is at its best.

‘We want to do a bit more work on it so it made sense not to play on it yet.’

Gosport’s home friendly against Evesham United at the weekend is scheduled to go ahead.