Bradbury: Make Westleigh Park a fortress

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Rowan Vine. Picture: Keith Woodland

Vine calling for Gosport to fight to the finish

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MANAGER Lee Bradbury insists it’s time to make Westleigh Park a fortress as the Hawks host Dorchester Town in the Blue Square Bet South tonight (7.45pm).

Bradbury has yet to record a home league win since being named boss last month, losing his previous two in front of the Hawks faithful.

But he is encouraged by what he has seen in recent outings and believes his team can push on.

‘Home form is the key to any side’s success and we have to make Westleigh Park a difficult place to come to,’ said Bradbury.

‘I have been here a few weeks and the players are starting to buy into what I want to do.

‘Our performances have been more disciplined and that also applies to what we do off the field.

‘Against Bognor in the Trophy, I felt, for the first time, we showed a consistency over 90 minutes rather than for half a game.

‘It approached the levels the players and I have to demand from each other.

‘In our past two games we have looked far more solid as a unit and difficult to play against.’

The 4-1 win at Ryman League Bognor will boost the confidence of the Hawks as they look for vital points to pull away from the foot of the league.

Dorchester knocked out Football League side Plymouth in the FA Cup recently and the Hawks are ready for a tough examination.

Bradbury added: ‘Dorchester will come to us either buoyant after beating Plymouth in the FA Cup or maybe a little tired.

‘Whichever, we have to make sure that we take the game to them and start on the front foot.

‘We do possess a good threat going forward and we have to exploit that.

‘It is nice to win in style but grinding out a 1-0 victory would still be an ideal result.’

Bradbury will be hoping winger Tony Taggart can continue his fine goalscoring form.

The winger scored twice against Bognor at the weekend, making it five for the season so far.

Christian Nanetti remains a doubt (groin) but Eddie Hutchinson is back in contention.

Midfielder Steve Ramsey hobbled off at Bognor but is expected to recover.

Hawks: Masters, Newton, Harris, Woodford, Butler, Ramsey, Bailey, Hamilton-Forbes, Taggart, Moss, Palmer, Hinshelwood, Page, Ryan, Jones, Kabba, Hutchinson