Bradbury: Time for the Hawks to cut out errors after Wealdstone woes

James Hayter. Picture: Allan Hutchings
James Hayter. Picture: Allan Hutchings
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Lee Bradbury admits the Hawks have a big fight on their hands after losing 2-1 against Wealdstone at Westleigh Park.

A fifth successive Vanarama National league South defeat sent the Hawks tumbling to 19th in the league and just two points above the relegation places.

We are making silly mistakes at the back and conceding far too many stupid goals

Lee Bradbury

Bradbury accepts it isn’t good enough at the moment and knows they must quickly start to make their chances count in games.

‘We are having a bad time of things at the moment,’ said Bradbury.

‘Once again we have lost a game where we had by far the best chances.

‘We have been poor in both boxes recently and it was the same old story.

‘The stats tell us we had 26 chances in the game and it is disappointing that we are not taking them.

‘We are making silly mistakes at the back and conceding far too many stupid goals.’

Bradbury’s decision to select young defender Manny Monthe ahead of veteran Pedro Monteiro back-fired big-time.

Up against the big, powerful, experienced ex-Hawks striker Jefferson Louis, the youngster was given a torrid time.

After only 26 minutes Bradbury took him off and replaced him with Brian Dutton, who was returning from injury.

By that time the Hawks had wasted some glorious chances and fallen behind to a 19th-minute goal.

Matt Paterson blazed over the top when it was easier to score and the home side were soon made to pay.

Bradley Hudson-Odoi was left completely unmarked in the area and easily tucked his shot under the advancing Ryan Young.

Monthe was substituted soon after that.

Six minutes before the break Louis struck from close-range after Young had parried a shot.

‘It’s the same story every week and we need to keep the back-door shut,’ said Bradbury.

‘The first goal was disappointing because one of our players was caught out of position and the second was a simple tap-in.

‘Teams don’t have to work too hard to score against us at the moment.

‘The players need to be accountable for their actions.

‘And they are the only people who can get us out of this dip.

‘They have to take things on board and give that extra couple of per cent that is needed.

The Hawks dominated the second half but substitute James Hayter’s goal two minutes from the end was too little too late.

‘The league table doesn’t make pleasant reading,’ said Bradbury.

‘We are in a real fight now and we have to turn things around as quickly as possible.’

Hawks: Young; Davies, Blanchett, Stock, Strugnell, Monthe (Dutton, 26), Swallow, Donnelly, Paterson, Morgan (Hayter, 76), Clifton (Azeez, 41).

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