Bradbury happy with the Hawks’ progress ahead of Supermarine test

Adrian Clifton, right, netted again for the Hawks against Pompey. Picture: Joe Pepler
Adrian Clifton, right, netted again for the Hawks against Pompey. Picture: Joe Pepler
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The Hawks head for Swindon Supermarine tonight looking to build on their excellent 1-1 draw against League Two Pompey (7.45pm).

Lee Bradbury has been encouraged by the way the team have started pre-season and is hoping to see further progress.

The new players are fitting in well and the game against the Southern League club will provide Bradbury’s squad a further opportunity to gel.

‘So far it hasn’t been too much about how I want to play but more about fitness and getting the lads right technically,’ said the Hawks boss.

‘It will become increasingly more about getting the players into the system I want to play.

‘After a couple more games we can start thinking about implementing our systems and looking at who is going to start.

‘We will look at formations and give everyone a fair crack of the whip.

‘There is plenty of competition for places with a lot of players capable of playing week in, week out.

‘Some hard decisions will have to be made.

‘So far though everything is on track and we have come through our two games unscathed.’

Bradbury has been able to take lots of positives from the two games played so far, starting with the 2-1 win at Horndean.

Adrian Clifton has carried on from last season at Maidenhead United, where he scored 16 goals from midfield, finding the net in both games.

At Horndean he crashed in a volley from outside the area and against Pompey he rose above the defence to head in a Ben Swallow free-kick.

Lee Molyneaux, recently recruited from Gosport Borough, had a good performance in the Pompey match.

He was strong and commanding in the centre of the Hawks defence.

Keeper Ryan Young also showed his quality with some outstanding saves.

Bradbury has also demonstrated he isn’t afraid to throw his young academy recruits into the fray.

Liam Kimber, Jake Gale and Marley Ridge have all been given game time and would have benefited from the experience against Pompey.

‘It is all about progression for them and playing in pressure situations,’ said Bradbury.

‘It is a great learning curve for them.’

Hawks (from): Young, Strugnall, Cummings, Blanchett, Stock, Molyneaux, Saunders, Harris, Dutton, Swallow, Donnelly, Clifton, Morgan, Ciardini, Paterson, Hayter, Mullings, Gale, Ridge, Medway, Kimber, Searle.