Bradbury: Time for Hawks to bury Trophy misery

The Hawks are aiming to recover after being knocked out of their stride by Gosport. Picture: Paul Jacobs
The Hawks are aiming to recover after being knocked out of their stride by Gosport. Picture: Paul Jacobs
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The Hawks are determined to restart their push to reach the Skrill South play-offs as they make the trip to Hayes & Yeading tomorrow (3pm).

It’s time to bury the disappointment of their FA Trophy semi-final defeat to rivals Gosport Borough.

Hawks manager Lee Bradbury is adamant his men cannot dwell on the fact they have missed out on the chance to play at Wembley.

He said: ‘We haven’t got time to feel sorry for ourselves and must get straight back into it.

‘It is important we lift ourselves up.

‘I spoke to the players about the situation and got their thoughts on what happened and how we can improve going forward.

‘They felt they didn’t do anywhere near as they could have done, both individually and as a team.

‘Some of them had never been in that situation before and just froze.

‘We can learn from the experience.

‘And if we ever get a similar chance again, I am sure we can do better.

‘Nobody likes losing and we are all hurting but we have to look at the bigger picture.

‘We have to pick ourselves up, brush ourselves down and see how far we can push ourselves up this league.

‘Before last weekend, we were unbeaten in 14 games and we need to get back to that kind of form as soon as possible.’

Bradbury is forced to make one change.

Central defender Ed Harris is likely to be ruled out for five or six weeks with a knee injury.

His absence could give youngster Ryan Woodford another chance to establish himself in the heart of the defence.

Another option being considered involves moving Dan Strugnell back into the middle and bringing in Jake Newton at full-back.

Full-back Warren Cummings is also back in the squad after being cup-tied for the Trophy semi-final.

Recent arrival Scott Donnelly returns as well to boost the midfield, an area where the Hawks lacked ideas and creativity against Borough.

Bradbury added: ‘It is time to regain our belief and take it out on to the pitch.

‘We face a massive challenge, with our huge fixture backlog which means we are playing up to three or four games some weeks.

‘Making the play-offs is going to be difficult under the circumstances.

‘It isn’t going to be easy but we are 15 points behind, with 10 games in hand.

‘If we can average two points a game, which we have been doing, it will put us in the mix for the final weeks of the season.

‘That is our aim and it is going to take every member of the squad to achieve that.

‘Everyone is buying into it and will have a part to play.

‘It is going to make huge demands on everyone at the club, including the fans to keep coming and supporting us.’

HAWKS: Bevan, Strugnell, Newton, Woodford, Monteiro, Blanchett, Cummings, Atangana, Ryan, Donnelly, Ciardini, Kabba, Jones, Oli, Nanetti, Przespolewski, Hutchinson, Buchel.