Hawks boss bullish ahead of derby day

Hawks-Sahr kabba hats and scores for the hawks ''''Dave Haines (Photo credit should read Picture/s by Dave Haines)'
Hawks-Sahr kabba hats and scores for the hawks ''''Dave Haines (Photo credit should read Picture/s by Dave Haines)'
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The Hawks warmed up for today’s derby at Eastleigh with a solid 2-0 win over Weston-super-Mare at Westleigh Park.

Second-half goals from Sahr Kabba and Christian Nanetti – from the penalty spot – sealed all three points and maintained the Hawks unbeaten start to the Skrill South campaign.

And manager Lee Bradbury believes the win will give his side confidence ahead of Eastleigh.

‘Being a derby, today’s game has a bit of added spice to it,’ he said.

‘We want to win every game we go into but will need to be cool, calm and collected for this one.

‘The win over Weston will give us a lot of confidence going into what will be a tough game.

‘Eastleigh made the play-offs last season and will be up there challenging again this time around.

‘We have a plan to play against them, though, and must be prepared to go there and carry it out.

‘I will be looking for a repeat of our performance at Ebbsfleet, another clean sheet but maybe also nick a goal.’

On Saturday, both teams struggled in the opening 45 minutes after a delayed kick-off because of Weston being caught up in traffic.

The first half was instantly forgettable with neither keeper called on to make a save.

That changed dramatically in the first minute of the second half with Kabba opening the Hawks goal account for the season.

Full-back Daniel Blanchett found the striker on the left edge of the box with a good ball.

Kabba still had a lot to do – with two defenders closing him down – but he shrugged off one and cut inside the other before firing a low shot past the diving keeper.

Nanetti then sealed the win from the spot 15 minutes from time after substitute Nic Ciardini was tripped in the area.

‘I have to be very happy with that,’ said Bradbury.

‘It is another clean sheet, two goals scored and three points.

‘They played an extra man in midfield to try to frustrate and I told the players to take that as a compliment.

‘We can expect a lot of teams to do that on our own patch.

‘We had too much in the front two and showed decent power up top.

‘Nanetti’s trickery and pace caused them problems and that is something we have got in the team.

‘Kabba, Nanetti and Oli can all hurt teams in one-on-ones.

‘We have worked hard on how we are going to play and the plans have come off well.

‘We looked solid right across the back four and our keeper Scott Bevan only had one save to make.

‘Apart from that we have kept them at bay.’

HAWKS: Bevan, Newton, Blanchett, Hutchinson, Strugnell, Harris, Nanetti, Kewley-Graham, Oli, (Przespolewski, 63mins) Kabba (Jones, 77mins), Ramsey (Ciardini, 70mins). Subs not used: Woodford, Monteiro. Att: 447