Bradbury keen for Hawks to draw on frustrations

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Lee Bradbury has called on the Hawks to use their derby frustrations as ‘ammunition’ in tomorrow’s Blue Square Bet South clash with Sutton United at Westleigh Park.

The home side have drawn four of their past five fixtures – including a 2-2 result at Eastleigh on Tuesday night – making it 13 occasions this term they have shared the spoils.

Bradbury is now keen to see his men convert more fixtures into victories.

And as they embark on a run of five home games in the next six, it is the ideal opportunity to start climbing the table.

‘We have drawn far too many games,’ said the Westleigh Park boss.

‘It is time to convert them into three points – starting against Sutton and then Bath City next Tuesday.

‘With the home games coming up we have a great chance to push up the league.

‘The players have done well to come away with points from difficult trips to top sides.

‘They can take confidence from those performances.

‘But at the same time it has been frustrating because we felt we could have won some of them.

‘We should have won at Eastleigh after going two goals up.

‘But we have to use our disappointment as ammunition going into our next two games.’

Sutton United will pose a big threat as they arrive on the south coast having lost just once in their past seven games.

They have chalked up impressive wins over Welling, Eastleigh, Eastbourne and Basingstoke in that spell.

The visitors will also name three former Hawks in their squad – with Tom Jordan, Richard Pacquette and Leroy Griffiths all set to feature.

The physical presence of Jordan and Pacquette will certainly test the Hawks’ mettle at set-pieces.

And centre-backs Ed Harris and Dan Strugnell will need to be on their toes.

With Scott Jones ruled out for a couple of weeks after his sickening collision with the Salisbury keeper, Bradbury has acted quickly to fill the gap.

Kelvin Bossman has been signed on non-contract terms and made his debut as a substitute at Eastleigh.

Bossman came through the Reading Academy and has had spells at Woking and playing in Holland.

‘He has a good pedigree and this gives us an opportunity to have a look at him,’ said Bradbury.

Apart from Jones and Steve Ramsey – who is ruled out by suspension – Bradbury has a full-strength squad to choose from.

‘We have to make sure we are organised and impose ourselves from the start,’ said the boss.

‘It is important we maintain our belief in front of goal and stick our chances away.

‘The pitch has been receiving a lot of attention so that we can have a surface on which to play our passing game.’

Hawks: Masters, Newton, Harris, Strugnell, Grant, Ryan, Kewley-Graham, Nanetti, Arthur, Kabba, Palmer, Hutchinson, Bossman, Ighorae, Woodford, Hinshelwood.