Bradbury wants Hawks to get back to business

Hawks striker Ollie Palmer Picture: Dave Haines
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Hawks boss Lee Bradbury is hopeful his side can bounce straight back from their Tonbridge Angels setback as he looks to cement a place in the Blue Square Bet South’s top 10.

The Hawks welcome Bath City to Westleigh Park tomorrow (3pm), still smarting from their 1-0 defeat at the hands of Angels in midweek.

A controversial penalty decision provided the home team with the platform to secure a 1-0 victory and ended hopes of Bradbury’s side building on their impressive 5-2 demolition of AFC Hornchurch last weekend.

The manager is desperate to start putting back-to-back wins together in order to resume the Hawks’ climb up the league table.

And with another three games scheduled for the next seven days, Bradbury has added to his squad with the addition of midfielder Jesse Kewley-Graham.

The 19-year-old has joined on a one-month loan deal from League Two side Wycombe and goes straight into the squad for tomorrow’s match.

‘We have three big games coming up and, if we can get a couple of wins, we could be looking at breaking into the top 10,’ said Bradbury.

‘Our league is that tight and it showed in midweek when one defeat sent us back down to 15th.’

‘We played well against Tonbridge and I’m still wondering how we came away without any points.

‘Apart from the penalty, Tonbridge only had one other shot on target and it’s frustrating. We showed a terrific work-rate and, with better decision making in the final third, could have easily won the game.

‘When we show that little bit of quality and calmness in front of goal we have shown we can beat teams in the league convincingly.

‘I am looking for us to carry on where we left off against AFC Hornchurch without giving the late goals away.’

The Hawks had every right to feel aggrieved at Tonbridge, after dominating most of the game and creating the better chances.

Chris Arthur caused the Kent hosts all sorts of problems down the left wing. Eight times the powerful, pacy wideman got in behind the home defence and crossed into the area.

Each time, though, the Hawks failed to make it count.

Ollie Palmer – the hat-trick hero against Hornchurch – looked a little jaded and fellow striker Sahr Kabba lacked a bit of luck at times.

But Bradbury was quick to praise the contribution of Arthur and his ability to be a match-winner.

‘He is a real asset with his pace and power down the wing,’ he said.

‘Chris has strength and power in abundance, along with good quality on the ball.

‘The number of times he gets the ball into the area we need to be testing opposition goalkeepers more.’

Bath arrive on the south coast looking to complete a league double over the Hawks and buoyed by a good 4-1 win at Weston-super-Mare in midweek.

The Hawks are planning to burst that bubble by putting on another good performance at home.

‘We need to keep up our recent work-rate, continue our excellent defending and stick our chances away,’ said Bradbury.

Hawks: Masters, Newton, Harris, Strugnell, Hinshelwood, Ryan, Hutchinson, Kewley-Graham, Arthur, Nanetti, Palmer, Kabba, Whyte, Ramsey, Pearce, Jones, Bailey.