Bradbury may look to freshen up Hawks team for Bath

Shamir Mullings
Shamir Mullings
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The Hawks are aiming for a quick return to winning ways as they welcome Bath City to Westleigh Park in the Vanarama National League South today (3pm).

Lee Bradbury’s team were hugely disappointed to come away from their hard-fought derby at Gosport Borough with a defeat.

We have other players who have not been featuring and it might be an opportunity for them to come in and freshen things up a bit

Lee Bradbury

If the Hawks are to avoid starting the new year in the bottom three they know this is a game they must win.

Bradbury has hinted he may make some changes in a bid to freshen up his team for their second game in three days.

‘Some of our players have just come back from injury and not had a lot of game time recently,’ said Bradbury.

‘Two games in such a short space of time might be difficult for them.

‘We have other players who have not been featuring and it might be an opportunity for them to come in and freshen things up a bit.

‘As a squad it might be useful to spread the workload and I have options to change things if necessary.’

Midfielder Nic Ciardini is hoping to recover from injury to play some part.

His physicality, on what is almost bound to be a heavy surface, would prove handy for the home side.

Bradbury also has the option of giving starts to strikers Shamir Mullings and James Hayter.

Both have recently had to settle for bit-part roles as substitutes.

Bradbury felt his team did more than enough to deserve a share of the spoils at Gosport.

He is hoping the disappointment of losing the match will spur his players on.

They will be hungry to pick up a vital win against Bath City.

The Hawks will also want to make up for their early season 5-0 drubbing at Twerton Park on a day when Bath could have won by an even bigger margin.

Bradbury has bolstered his defence since then and they will want to show they have improved from that disappointing display.

But the Hawks are still seeking their first clean sheet in the league since the end of August.

‘If we can win our remaining two games this week then we can climb a few places up the league,’ said Bradbury.

‘It is not nice being in the bottom three at any time.

‘If we don’t pick up any points then we will find ourselves looking over our shoulders again.’

Hawks: Young, Medway, Hill, Molyneaux, Dutton, Cummings, Stock, Donnelly, Lewis, Ciardini, Paterson, Swallow, Mullings, Hayter, Blanchett, Thomson, C. Searle, Morgan, Clifton.