Hawks boss keen to throw new man in at deep end

Scott Bevan claims a high ball. Picture: Malcolm Wells (131893-9513)
Scott Bevan claims a high ball. Picture: Malcolm Wells (131893-9513)
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Experienced defender Warren Cummings will be given his Hawks debut in their tough Skrill South visit to second-placed Bromley (3pm).

The 33-year-old, who made more than 300 Football League appearances for AFC Bournemouth over a 10-year period, penned a deal at Westleigh Park earlier this week.

He has trained with the squad twice and Lee Bradbury believes his experience and knowhow can prove invaluable.

‘I have both played with and managed Warren, so I know exactly what we are getting,’ said the Hawks boss.

‘He has vast experience and a good ability to read what is going on out on the pitch. The lad keeps himself fit and is a combative character.

‘We already have good experience in our backline, with Ed Harris, Jake Newton and Pedro Monteiro.

‘Warren’s presence will add to that and give us an even better foundation to build upon.

‘Goalkeeper Scott Bevan is another key figure for us at the back.

‘He gives us another big voice and at Sutton I thought he was terrific.

‘I thought he had his best game – pulling off four or five outstanding saves that kept us in the game.

‘It means we now have good experience running through the spine of our team.’

Bromley will provide the Hawks with another huge away test.

However, Bradbury’s side showed in their 2-1 FA Trophy win at Sutton last week that they can be at their most dangerous on their travels.

With home teams obliged to take the game to them, it allows the Hawks the opportunity to exploit the pace of Sahr Kabba and Christian Nanetti up front.

That was the case at Sutton where both attackers terrorised the home defence on the counter-attack.

Both have the ability to tempt defenders into rash challenges in and around the penalty area. The result last weekend was two penalties – Nanetti converting one and hitting the woodwork with the second.

‘We know if we get pegged back with our forwards we will have an out ball to relieve the pressure at times,’ said Bradbury.

‘Bromley will be tough because they are not in second place for no reason.

‘They have only lost two or three times all season and possess a potent threat of their own up front. If we draw it will be a good result, but as always we will be planning to come back with all three points.’

Midfielder Perry Ryan comes back into the squad after a one-game ban.

He may have to settle for a place on the bench, though, after Nigel Atangana and Steve Ramsey starred in the FA Trophy success.

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