Hawks aim to bring down Angels

Ed Harris has impressed the Hawks boss. Pic: Dave Haines
Ed Harris has impressed the Hawks boss. Pic: Dave Haines
Rowan Vine. Picture: Keith Woodland

Vine calling for Gosport to fight to the finish

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Lee Bradbury is looking for Hawks to make it a miserable afternoon for Tonbridge Angels at Westleigh Park tomorrow (3pm).

The Hawks are unbeaten in their opening three matches in the Skrill South.

They are also yet to concede a goal, having shut out highly-fancied outfits Ebbsfleet and Eastleigh on the road.

Bradbury knows it is still early days but the signs are promising.

The manager has challenged his players to turn Westleigh Park into a fortress this season, making it a place opponents won’t relish visiting.

‘We want to make it as uncomfortable as possible for any teams coming to us,’ said Bradbury.

‘If we can win our home games and keep picking up points away from home we won’t be too far away.

‘We have seen already from our opening home game against Weston-super-Mare that teams will come here and try to make life difficult for us.

‘They will pack the midfield and make it awkward for us .

‘There will be a need for patience because it will take time on occasions to break them down.

‘I am pleased with our start but we can still pass the ball better.’

Captain Ed Harris has been in great form in the heart of the defence for the Hawks this season.

Bradbury praised his skipper who was in great form against Eastleigh.

Harris won all his headers, tackled aggressively and marshalled the defenders around him.

‘He is a leader and a winner,’ said Bradbury.

‘I have given him extra responsibility and he has responded brilliantly to it.’

Bradbury showed at Eastleigh that he isn’t afraid to ring the changes when he feels it necessary.

He surprised many by making three switches to the side who beat Weston-super-Mare – adapting his tactics to the occasion.

Against Tonbridge he is expected to revert back to the more attacking stance.

Speedy striker Sahr Kabba is in contention to return to the team and partner summer recruit Dennis Oli up front.

With Christian Nanetti in fine form down the flanks, Hawks could cause the Angels a lot of problems.

Oli is getting sharper and fitter by the game and proved a useful lone target man in the first half at Eastleigh.

‘He has done a great job for us and it would be nice for him to get a goal which would help him settle down even further,’ said Bradbury.

Eddie Hutchinson could earn a recall to the midfield if Bradbury returns to the line-up who beat Weston.

But Perry Ryan may get the nod ahead of Steve Ramsey.

Hawks squad: Bevan, Newton, Harris, Strugnell, Blanchett, Hutchinson, Ryan, Nanetti, Kewley-Graham, Oli, Kabba, Ramsey, Monteiro, Jones, Ciardini, Woodford, Przespolewski