Bradbury wants Hawks to show no fear at Braintree

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Ben Wright is in good scoring form. Picture: Keith Woodland

‘All or nothing’ as Gosport get set for Dunstable trip

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LEE BRADBURY has called on the Hawks to bury their weekend misery when they head to Braintree Town tonight (7.45pm).

The manager is aware his side face a difficult task as they aim for an FA Trophy upset against a side from the Blue Square Bet Premier.

But they have the extra motivation of setting out to consign the miserable 2-1 weekend loss to Bromley to the distant memory banks.

Bradbury wants the Hawks to approach the game with no fear and believes they will relish the task of trying to progress to the second round of the prestigious non-league competition.

‘We have to lift ourselves because we were all disappointed after the (Bromley) game,’ said Bradbury.

‘It’s important we dust ourselves down straight away and are ready to go again.

‘Braintree are struggling in the league above us but we know they are a hard-working side with some quality players.

‘We need to go there, put in a good shift and play with no fear.

‘It is important that we express ourselves and if we play to the best of our potential we can prove a good test for them.’

Bradbury has to reshuffle the centre of his defence.

Ryan Woodford misses out on the chance to take on the Blue Square Bet Premier side as he serves the final game of a two-match ban.

Young AFC Bournemouth loanee Dan Strugnell, who was drafted in at the weekend, is ineligible.

That means Ed Harris needs a new partner in central defence.

Bradbury knows who he will bring in but is keeping his cards close to his chest.

‘I have three players in my squad who have all played in that position in the past,’ said Bradbury.

‘They possess enough experience to make it work.’

If the Hawks are to succeed in pulling off an upset they will need to show a big improvement on their second-half display against Bromley.

It was a poor 45 minutes during which they caused the Kent visitors very few problems.

There was a distinct lack of creativity and the midfield faded badly as the game went on.

The Hawks were also guilty of missing a series of good chances in front of goal and they won’t be able to afford to do that again.

They had three good opportunities in the opening 10 minutes before, in the second half, Ryan Moss failed to connect in front of an open goal from three yards.

‘We have to be far more ruthless in both penalty areas,’ said Bradbury.

‘Bromley were given far too much space in our box and we missed three excellent chances.’

Bradbury may make a couple of changes, with Sahr Kabba or Scott Jones possibly earning a start.

He also has the option of using Chris Arthur as a wide player in midfield.

The winners of the tie will earn themselves a trip to Blue Square Bet Premier title-chasers Grimsby Town in the next round.

Loanee Stephan Hamilton-Forbes has returned to his parent club Watford.

HAWKS: Masters, Butler, Harris, Hutchinson, Newton, Arthur, Bailey, Taggart, Ramsey, Palmer, Moss, Kabba, Jones, Nanetti, Hinshelwood, Ryan.