Bradbury keeps eye out for reinforcements

Hawks goalkeeper Scott Bevan Picture: Dave Haines
Hawks goalkeeper Scott Bevan Picture: Dave Haines
Hawks striker Jason Prior celebrates hitting the target for the first time since November. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (181103-1)

Bradbury: My Hawks won’t be bullied

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Lee Bradbury is keen to add to his Hawks ranks after seeing his selection options hampered by an injury crisis at Westleigh Park.

The Hawks boss could be without six key players for tomorrow night’s re-arranged Skrill Conference South clash against Farnborough at Westleigh Park (7.45pm).

And top of his wish list as he attempts to repair the damage is a new goalkeeper, following the hand problem picked up by regular No1 Scott Bevan.

The keeper broke a bone in his hand in the pre-match warm-up ahead of Saturday’s defeat against Bishops Stortford, joining striker Dennis Oli (tonsillitis) and full-back Jake Newton (hamstring) on the sidelines.

That led to 17-year-old Academy keeper Charlie Searle earning a last-minute call-up to the side.

The youngster did well and Bradbury has no problems calling upon him again.

But with Bevan likely to be sidelined for six weeks – plus injuries picked up by Ed Harris, Pedro Monteiro and Perry Ryan in Saturday’s physical clash – the manager knows he needs more experience in that key position.

‘It’s not easy at the moment,’ admitted Bradbury.

‘You think you have strength in depth but when four or five injuries come along suddenly we find ourselves thin on the ground.

‘Charlie did really well for us in goal and showed that he is more than capable of stepping up.

‘However, with a number of big games coming up it would be putting him under a lot of pressure.

‘So I am looking to bring in another goalkeeper.

‘Hopefully, I can do that in time for Wednesday.

‘If not, I will have no concerns with keeping Charlie in there.

‘Ed Harris and Pedro Monteiro have not been able to train and Dennis Oli is just starting a course of antibiotics.

‘There are doubts over all three for Farnborough.’

The Hawks slipped to 17th in the table following Saturday’s 2-1 defeat and, apart from needing the points, also want to get back to winning ways in front of their own fans.

In their last home game they slipped to a 2-1 defeat against Tonbridge Angels, with the damage again being done in the final minutes.

‘We have not been ruthless enough in both penalty areas,’ said Bradbury.

‘At times we have defended superbly but have lacked consistency.

‘Losing Monteiro and Harris in the closing stages on Saturday didn’t help because if they’d still been there Stortford wouldn’t have been launching high balls into our box.

‘We also had two chances cleared off the goalline.

‘It is frustrating because we all feel we should have four more points than we have.

‘The players were angry and frustrated after the last defeat and we must channel that into winning our next two home games.

‘I need to bring more bodies in and I am working at doing that sooner rather than later.’