Hawks boss dismisses curse

Hawks-Ollie Palmer volleys the ball in the back of the net to scores the winner  for the hawks''Dave Haines (Photo credit should read Picture/s by Dave Haines)'
Hawks-Ollie Palmer volleys the ball in the back of the net to scores the winner for the hawks''Dave Haines (Photo credit should read Picture/s by Dave Haines)'
Steve Ramsey scored for AFC Portchester in their defeat at Amesbury Town. Picture: Keith Woodland

Bognor remain bottom after defeat

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Hawks boss Lee Bradbury is determined to defy the manager of the month curse as the Hawks take on Hayes & Yeading at Woking’s Kingfield Stadium (3pm).

Bradbury has been handed the Blue Square Bet South gong for March after his team picked up 16 points out of a possible 18.

Striker Ollie Palmer has also been named player-of-the-month after he netted seven goals.

‘It is nice to get the award but really it represents the hard work put in by everyone at the club,’ said Bradbury.

‘I’m not really superstitious and don’t believe it will affect how we get on.

‘You make your own luck in football by continuing to do the right things.

‘That is what we have to do in this game because our opponents probably need another win to make themselves safe from relegation.

‘They will want to get that win sooner rather than later.’

The Hawks are unbeaten in their last nine games, though, and the 1-0 win over Truro City on Good Friday took them up to eighth.

With six games left, they are now just seven points off the play-offs.

Bradbury, however, continues to play down the chances of breaking into the end-of-season finale.

‘I am not totally ruling it out,’ he said.

‘All the time it is mathematically possible we will keep pushing for it.

‘We have two crucial games against close rivals Boreham Wood and games against top sides Dover and Salisbury.

‘There is still plenty to play for and we are aiming to win as many games as we can and see where it takes us.’

Hayes & Yeading currently ground-share with Blue Square Bet Premier side Woking – while their stadium is being developed.

The Hawks pulled off a remarkable 2-1 win in the reverse fixture at Westleigh Park as they played with 10-men for 73 minutes following the dismissal of Sam Pearce.

Understandably, Hayes & Yeading completely outpassed the Hawks in the opening 45 minutes.

But they paid the price for a far too casual attitude in the second half.

Hawks new signing Pelé was in the Surrey-based outfit’s starting-line-up that night.

And the Cape Verde Islander could now be set for his full debut against his old club.

The former West Brom and Southampton midfielder looked composed when he came on as a second-half substitute against Truro.

If Ed Harris fails to shake off the knock that saw him replaced, Bradbury also has the option of handing a debut to Argentine centre-back Juan Cruz Gotta.

‘I thought Pelé did well when he came on,’ said the Hawks boss.

‘He looked very confident on the ball – calm and influential.

‘That all comes from his experience which showed through.’

HAWKS: Masters, Newton, Harris, Monteiro, Strugnell, Grant, Arthur, Ryan, Ramsey, Hutchinson, Nanetti, Kabba, Palmer, Jones, Weekes, Gotta, Bossman