Bradbury: Now it’s time for the Hawks to fully wash away pain of away woe at Bath

Matt Paterson. Picture: Allan Hutchings
Matt Paterson. Picture: Allan Hutchings
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Lee Bradbury is keen to see the Hawks break their Vanarama National League away day goal drought against Chelmsford City at Melbourne Road (3pm).

The Hawks are yet to score on their travels this season and have picked up just one point from three games on the road.

First and foremost we need to go there and put in a shift from front to back

Lee Bradbury

The manager is also demanding a far greater effort from his players after their last away game ended in a 5-0 humiliation at Bath City.

To be fair, the Hawks bounced back in fine style on Bank Holiday Monday with a 4-0 home win against Eastbourne Borough.

Bradbury is now calling on his players to produce the same committed performance away from Westleigh Park.

‘What happened at Bath hurt me and the players,’ said Bradbury.

‘To their credit, the players took it on the chin and showed the maturity not to sulk about it.

‘Instead they did something about it with a much-improved performance 48 hours later.

‘The two games were a gulf apart from each other.

‘Hopefully what happened at Bath will give them the necessary kick up the backside.

‘We need to go to Chelmsford and maintain the energy levels shown against Eastbourne.

‘First and foremost we need to go there and put in a shift from front to back.’

Bradbury is likely to stick with his more attacking formation of three strikers with Marvin Morgan and James Hayter supporting Matt Paterson up top.

Hayter and Morgan had their best games yet for the Hawks on Monday and it meant Paterson didn’t find himself isolated up front.

‘Paterson has worked hard but needed some help,’ said Bradbury.

‘The change of formation worked and Monday was the most threatening we have looked all season.’

In midfield Brian Stock, Scott Donnelly and Adrian Clifton all raised their game after an anonymous showing at Bath.

Bradbury also rang the changes at the back with Dan Strugnell moving to centre-back and Harry Wedlake taking his place at full-back.

Strugnell was magnificent alongside Manny Monthe, while Wedlake made a big impact with his energy.

‘We have to go to Chelmsford and be far more resilient because it is never an easy place to go to,’ said Bradbury.

‘A point away from home will be a decent one but three points would be even better.

‘That would give us back-to-back wins and help kick-start our season.’

Stock faces a fitness test on his ankle, while Rod Young, who won the FA Youth Cup with Norwich City, is in the squad again.

Hawks: Ryan Young, Wedlake, Strugnell, Monthe, Cummings, Stock, Donnelly, Clifton, Paterson, Hayter, Morgan, Blanchett, Dutton, Searle, Swallow, Ciardini, Rod Young