Bradbury: Hawks will be happy to be underdogs in FA Cup

Lee Bradbury
Lee Bradbury
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Lee Bradbury believes the Hawks will relish going into their FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie at home to Cheltenham as underdogs.

The Westleigh Park side will face a tough task against opposition currently second in the Vanarama National League.

Hawks manager Lee Bradbury is relishing the chance to take on top-class non-league opposition.

‘It is a cracking draw against the second highest team in the round,’ said Bradbury.

‘Also, it is good we will be at home in the competition for the first time this season.

‘It will also be novel to be the underdogs for once but it is going to be a huge challenge for us.

‘Cheltenham are a team that like to play football so it will be an exciting tie.’

The Hawks have so far knocked out minnows Larkhall Athletic and Aveley.

Bradbury is appealing for the local football community to once again turn up and get behind his team.

‘Cheltenham are well supported and we expect a lot of them to make the trip,’ added Bradbury.

‘It would make a big difference to our players if they had good support and backing behind them.

‘We have to make Westleigh Park a difficult place for them to visit.

‘On the pitch we will aim to frustrate them when they have the ball and look after the ball when we have it.

‘We will have to match them all over the pitch.

‘The club have had some great runs in the FA Cup and we want to make more history by reaching the first round again.’

Gosport Borough have to come through their replay against Whitehawk to get the chance to host Southern Premier side Poole Town.

Borough boss Alex Pike said: ‘I’ve had numerous calls and messages but I’m not even thinking about it.

‘It’s a pointless exercise.

‘Poole Town are there and we’re not.

‘There are a lot of excited people talking about it but we have to get there first.’

Bognor beat Oxford City 4-2 at the weekend and have been handed a trip to National League South side Wealdstone.

The designated date for the 32 ties is Saturday, October 24. The winners will each collect £12,500 from The FA’s prize fund and seal a place in the first round proper.