HAWKS boss Lee Bradbury believes if his side show their true ability they can cause an FA Trophy upset in their first-round-proper tie at Braintree Town tomorrow (3pm).
The Blue Square Bet Premier side have been struggling of late, with only one win in their past five league games.
Their latest defeat – a 5-1 home loss at the hands of Wrexham in midweek – will have dented their confidence further and the Hawks are looking to exploit that.
In contrast, the visitors are enjoying a mini-revival.
The Hawks are unbeaten in three games – including a thumping 4-1 win at Bognor in the last round of the Trophy – and go into the game with confidence high.
‘We go there in a positive frame of mind,’ said Bradbury.
‘A few good results have seen us launch a bit of a revival.
‘It could be a good time to be going to Braintree who have had a few bad defeats.
‘At the same time they will be determined to use playing us as an opportunity to bounce back.
‘It is vital we don’t afford them that luxury by starting well and imposing our game upon them.
‘We will aim to push them back and play the way we want rather than have them dictate to us.
‘After our recent performances, if we play to the best of our ability there is no reason why we can’t come away with some kind of result.’
With the home side leaking goals at an alarming rate – 13 in their past four league games – the physical presence of Hawks strikers Ollie Palmer and Ryan Moss could prove the key to any success.
Both work hard, put themselves about and will no doubt provide the home defenders with an uncomfortable afternoon.
Moss also showed at Weston-super-Mare last week that he has rediscovered his scoring touch, breaking his duck for the season with a brace in last weekend’s 2-2 draw.
‘It has all the makings of a good cup tie,’ said Bradbury.
‘We will look to cause them early problems and see how they cope with it.
‘They are a premier division side and have a number of good players so we must nullify any threat they might pose.
‘If we can do that and take our chances when they come along then we could be in with a shout.
‘It will be an excellent test for us coming up against a team from the next level up.’
Bradbury hopes to have a full squad to choose from, with full-back Jake Newton back from international duty with Guyana and Christian Nanetti recovered from a virus.
One player who won’t be involved, though, is central defender Sam Page who has left the club by mutual consent, rather than on loan as stated in The News yesterday.
Goalkeeper Matt Pegler has joined Ryman League side Walton Casuals on a month’s loan.
HAWKS: Masters, Butler, Harris, Woodford, Newton, Hinshelwood, Hutchinson, Arthur, Bailey, Ramsey, Hamilton-Forbes, Moss, Taggart, Palmer, Jones, Kabba, Ryan, Nanetti