Bradbury: Perfect Hawks deserve praise after battering Basingstoke

Ryan Woodford wins a header for Hawks. Picture: Dave Haines
Ryan Woodford wins a header for Hawks. Picture: Dave Haines
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Lee Bradbury was delighted with the way the Hawks set about the task as they recorded a superb 4-1 Skrill South win against Basingstoke Town at Westleigh Park.

First-half goals from Alex Przespolewski, Scott Jones and Nic Ciardini put the hosts in total command.

Basingstoke pulled one back but Dennis Oli crowned a superb victory with the fourth Hawks goal.

‘I thought we played the perfect game in the first half,’ said Hawks boss Bradbury.

‘The way the players approached the game and their work-rate was to their credit.

‘We recognised the importance of starting well and got out of the blocks early.

‘The first goal was always going to be really important and thankfully we got it.

‘Our tactics worked well and the two goals before half-time dealt them the killer blow.’

It was a professional performance from the hosts and they have now climbed to 11th in the table.

They are just two points adrift of the play-off places and a sense of optimism is returning among the fans.

The opening goal arrived in the 15th minute.

Przespolewski scored following good work by Perry Ryan and Oli.

The summer recruit netted for fun for Newport (IOW) last season.

But it is a big step up from the Wessex League to the Skrill South.

However, the hitman is beginning to show his quality.

Hawks boss Bradbury was happy with his display.

He said: ‘I was not only pleased with his goal but also with his overall contribution to the performance.’

Fellow Isle of Wight talent Jones added a second goal on 37 minutes, with a superb header from a Dan Blanchett cross.

Then Ciardini stroked in a third goal from the penalty spot four minutes later.

Basingstoke came out all-guns blazing at the start of the second half.

They were determined not to be on the end of a hammering.

Striker Keze Ibe pulled a goal back on 54 minutes.

‘Basingstoke threw caution to the wind at the start of the second half and threw everything at us,’ said Bradbury.

‘We gave away a soft goal which I wasn’t happy about but we knew that we could hit them on the break.’

The Hawks completed their emphatic victory in the 66th minute.

Striker Oli raced through before clinically curling a terrific shot into the top corner of the net.

Bradbury feels his players deserve praise for their performance.

He said: ‘I have always been optimistic with the players we have here.

‘It is just a case of making them understand and believe in themselves and each other.

‘When things don’t go your way, sometimes you do lose confidence particularly when you have a reasonably young side.

‘When we work hard and match opponents physically we can be a good footballing team.

‘They deserve a big pat on the back for the way they played.’

Hawks: Bevan, Newton, Blanchett, Kewley-Graham, Monteiro, Woodford, Ciardini, Ryan, Oli (Hutchinson), Jones (Bird, 55mins), Przespolewski (Ramsey, 55mins).