Bradbury pleased to avoid big boys but is wary of Canvey

Perry Ryan. Picture: Mick Young
Perry Ryan. Picture: Mick Young
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Lee Bradbury will not take Canvey Island lightly as the Hawks eye a chance to draw a Football League side in the first round proper.

Bradbury’s men must travel to Ryman League premier division side Canvey Island in the fourth qualifying round.

The Hawks boss was pleased to have avoided the Vanarama Conference National sides but he knows Canvey will be dangerous.

‘It is nice to avoid some of the big boys like Barnet and Bristol Rovers,’ said Bradbury.

‘Canvey will fancy their chances of upsetting us on their home ground.

‘We will need to put in another professional performance because there will be a lot at stake for both teams.

‘Not only is there the prize money available but also the chance to go into the hat for the first round proper.

‘That gives you the chance of being drawn against the likes of Portsmouth and other Football League clubs.’

The Hawks beat Ryman League premier division side Wingate & Finchley 2-0 on Saturday.

Bradbury will be taking no chances, however, and will watch Canvey Island at Lewes tomorrow.

‘We will prepare thoroughly, leaving no stones unturned,’ said Bradbury.

‘It is important we go to Canvey showing them respect without fear.

‘In the last round our professional performance was good enough.

‘We must aim for another clean sheet and if we do that I am confident we will score goals.’

Midfielder Perry Ryan impressed against Wingate.

It was a good response after he was taken off after showing his frustration in the recent draw at Wealdstone.

‘Perry gave a fantastic reaction,’ said the boss.

‘We all know he can do the football side but at times he allows himself to become a little wound up.

‘He knows he lets himself down at times.

‘His enthusiasm and tireless work-rate, however, is admirable.

‘You could see the difference on Saturday when he remained totally focused.

‘He knows we set very high standards and he did himself a lot of good.’

– Kevin Ricketts