Hawks aim to set record straight at Sutton in Vase

Hawks striker Sahr Kabba. Picture: Dave Haines
Hawks striker Sahr Kabba. Picture: Dave Haines
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Lee Bradbury insists his Hawks have a point to prove as they take on Sutton United in the FA Trophy at Gander Green Lane (3pm).

The south London side have already inflicted a heavy 5-0 defeat on the Hawks at Westleigh Park in the league this season.

That thrashing still rankles with Bradbury and his players, who are intent on setting the record straight.

In that game the Hawks crumbled in the latter stages and Sutton could easily have won by an even bigger margin.

Bradbury doesn’t believe that will happen again.

But he knows it won’t be easy against a team who have only lost twice in the league so far this season.

‘We know we didn’t give a true account of ourselves in the first meeting,’ said Bradbury.

‘For 10 minutes we had a bad spell and Sutton punished us for it.

‘But that is what good teams do to you if you take your foot off the pedal.

‘The players admitted they had let themselves and everyone else at the club down.

‘Losing in that manner really hurt them and this is a good opportunity for them to set the record straight.

‘We want to go there and show what a good team we are and display the individual qualities the players possess.

‘That’s what we didn’t do in the last game.’

Midfielder Perry Ryan misses out because of suspension.

But otherwise Bradbury has a full-strength squad to choose from.

They will be able to mix it up from the previous loss to Sutton.

Goalkeeper Scott Bevan, experienced midfield general Eddie Hutchinson, the pacy Sahr Kabba and industrious Nigel Atangana all missed the earlier drubbing.

Bradbury admits he has some tough decisions to make, both up front and at the back.

Up front he has to decide whether to bring back leading goalscorer Kabba or continue to use him from the bench as an impact player.

In defence, skipper Ed Harris is available again after injury and Ryan Woodford returns from suspension.

Dan Strugnell and Pedro Momteiro are also in contention and full back Dan Blanchett has fully recovered from his injury.

Bradbury said: ‘Personnel-wise we have a different side from the first game and that is something that might catch them unawares.

‘Whatever side I go with, we will need to make sure we come out of the blocks quickly.

‘Against Bath we didn’t do that and failed to win enough second balls.

‘At Sutton it is crucial we match them for endeavour and work-rate.

‘Once we do that we will have earned the right to play our passing football.

‘We are going there looking for a positive result whether that be a win or a draw.’

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