Great Scott nets treble as Hawks soar on tour

Josh Huggins, left. Picture: Mick Young (141563-48)
Josh Huggins, left. Picture: Mick Young (141563-48)
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Lee Bradbury has labelled the Hawks’ tour of Guernsey as a huge success.

The Westleigh Park outfit secured a 4-2 win over their hosts at Footes Lane on Saturday.

Apart from the triumph, the Hawks were able to use the exploit the opportunity to integrate new faces into their squad.

Newcomers Ben Swallow, Josh Huggins and Bradley Bubb all started, while injured pair Brian Dutton and JJ Hooper watched on from the stands.

‘It has been a very worthwhile exercise,’ said Bradbury.

‘Not only did we play well, we were also able to achieve a lot of other things.

‘The players have had a chance to get to know each other a bit more, so it has been a good socialising weekend.

‘We trained a couple of times and were able to get on to the beach.

‘Midway through one training session we had a tropical storm with hailstones the size of 10-pence pieces.

‘Everybody had to run for cover and that was amusing.’

Bradbury was also pleased with the way his players coped with the friendly fixture.

The Hawks began the game in confident fashion and it took an outstanding save from home goalkeeper Tom Creed to prevent Scott Donnelly giving them the lead.

Creed was kept busy – denying Nic Ciardini soon afterwards, while Perry Ryan hit the base of the post with a header.

The only threat to the Hawks came when Tom De La Mare delivered a cross which was scrambled away.

Bradbury’s side took a grip on the game with two goals in the space of six minutes either side of half-time.

On 43 minutes, a low shot from Donnelly flew through a crowded goalmouth and squeezed under the body of Creed.

And then three minutes after the break, Josh Huggins broke down the left flank before cutting inside and drilling in a low shot which found the net.

The Green Tigers hit back with a deflected goal by De La Mare before Donnelly restored his side’s two-goal lead from the penalty spot. Substitute Alek Przespolewski was brought down in the area and Donnelly confidently converted his spot-kick.

The stubborn hosts reduced the arrears again 14 minutes from time through substitute Marc McGrath.

Donnelly, however, sealed the Hawks’ victory with his hat-trick goal.

‘The game had a good competitive feel about it and we scored some good goals,’ said Bradbury.

‘Both teams worked hard and we showed good fitness levels.’

Bradbury also revealed striker Scott Jones, who didn’t travel, remains a Hawks player.

However, he is looking to meet with the man who Wessex League outfit Newport have announced will be joining them for next season.

‘At the moment he is still a Hawks player,’ said Bradbury.

‘I will need to sit down and find out what the player’s thoughts are on the matter.’

Hawks: Young, Huggins, Ryan, Woodford, Harris, Swallow, Donnelly, Junior, Bubb, Ciardini. Subs: Monteiro, Searle, Strugnell, Przespolewski, Wedlake