Hawks boss calls for bravery

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LEE BRADBURY has challenged the Hawks to be brave and deliver a comp-lete performance tomorrow.

The Westleigh Park outfit entertain Farnborough in Blue Square Bet South (3pm).

Bradbury kicked off his Hawks reign with a 2-1 triumph at Basingstoke last weekend.

However, they had to fight back from 1-0 down with an impressive display in the second half.

While he was delighted with three points, Bradbury was disappointed by the lethargic opening.

And now he wants his side to deliver a whole-hearted performance over the full 90 minutes.

‘We only performed for 45 minutes last week,’ said Bradbury.

‘That is something we need to eradicate straight away.

‘We have to start well and work from start to finish.

‘It is about having the bravery and belief in each other to play from the word go.

‘We are still trying to install that into the team.’

The Hawks did put on a classy show as they demolished United Services 11-1 in round two of the Hampshire Senior Cup on Tuesday night.

While the Sailors were thoroughly outclassed by their hosts, it was to be expected as Bob Brady’s men play four levels below the Hawks.

Farnborough will naturally pose a sterner test tomorrow.

The north Hampshire side have rattled in 11 goals in their past three league games – including a 6-2 thrashing of Eastleigh.

And with the Hawks yet to keep a clean sheet this season, they will be given a massive test again.

Bradbury said: ‘The only negative about our midweek win was conceding a late goal.

‘We need to start keeping clean sheets and that means working hard from front to back without switching off.’

The former Pompey striker’s bid to shut out tomorrow’s opponents has been boosted by the return of experienced goalkeeper Clark Masters from suspension.

However, Bradbury has a headache in the heart of his defence with Ryan Woodford banned.

The Hawks boss is likely to restoreSam Page to the starting line-up but Sam Pearce is another option to partner Ed Harris.

Full-back Chris Arthur is still injured but Ollie Palmer – who came off the bench on Tuesday night – looks to have recovered from a swollen foot.

‘We must look to keep the momentum going and continue to climb the league,’ said Bradbury.

‘It is another big three points on offer. If we can slowly start to get results – I feel we are good enough to do it – we will soon climb the table.

‘Keeping clean sheets is an important part of that.

‘I want consistency and for the lads to work hard.

‘To be fair, since I have come in I couldn’t have asked for any more – except maybe for a little more self-belief at times.’

HAWKS: Masters, Thomas, Newton, Page, Harris, Ryan, Ramsey, Taggart,Hutchinson, Bailey, Nanetti, Palmer, Moss, Kabba, Jones, Pearce, Hinshelwood, Roberts