Hawks boss pleased as hard work pays off

Sahr Kabba in action against Dorchester. Picture: Dave Haines
Sahr Kabba in action against Dorchester. Picture: Dave Haines
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The Hawks totally outclassed Skrill South basement club Dorchester Town on their way to a 5-1 win at Westleigh Park.

Once the home side had quashed some early resistance from the Dorset strugglers there was only one team in it.

By the end, Lee Bradbury’s side had created enough chances to reach double figures.

The fact they didn’t was down to missed chances and some brave goalkeeping from Alan Walker-Harris.

Bradbury was delighted with the fitness and work-rate of his men.

However, the perfectionist was left to rue a missed opportunity to equal a 15-year record.

‘I felt we played well – particularly early on when they made us work hard for it,’ said the boss.

‘We worked hard from start to finish and in the last 20 minutes we were opening them up at will.

‘Sahr Kabba had two or three one-on-ones with their goalkeeper and we could have scored a few more.

‘That to me is a testament to the fitness levels and the work-rate of the team.

‘In the second half we created a string of chances.

‘Dorchester struggled to cope with our pace and tempo plus the way we passed the ball.

‘The only disappointment was the manner in which we conceded a goal.

‘And that has spoiled our run of clean sheets.

‘Their player was at least two or three yards offside and it stopped us keeping four clean sheets in a row for the first time since September 1998.’

Dennis Oli gave the Hawks a perfect start after 14 minutes with a fine headed goal from a Nic Ciardini corner.

The Dorchester equaliser on 26 minutes arrived totally against the run of play but proved to be a minor blip for the hosts.

By half-time, strikes from Scott Jones and Kabba had put the Hawks back in command.

On 35 minutes, Kabba showed good skill while tight on the byline.

He managed to loft a ball to the far post where Jones, who had received the club’s player-of-the-month award before the game, scored with a diving header.

Jones soon returned the compliment.

He picked out Kabba inside the area and the diminutive striker turned and fired his shot past Walker-Harris and just inside the near post.

The main reason for the Hawks’ superiority was the virtuoso performance turned in by French midfielder Nigel Atangana.

‘Nigel was a class act on Saturday,’ said Bradbury.

‘He wants to play, is a ball-winner as well and ticks all the right boxes.

‘When he arrived with us he hadn’t played for three months.

‘So he is only now starting to get back near to his full fitness levels.

‘He gives us energy in the middle of the park – both on and off the ball.’

It was largely one way traffic in the second half.

And the Hawks eventually added further goals through substitutes Steve Ramsey and Dan Strugnell.

Ramsey – having come on for the superb Jones – drilled home after another Kabba pull-back.

Strugnell, who had replaced centre-back Pedro Monteiro, then sent a looping header in just under the bar to complete the rout.

Hawks: Bevan, Newton, Harris, Monteiro (Strugnell, 68mins), Cummings, Atangana, Ryan, Ciardini, Jones (Ramsey, 76mins), Kabba, Oli (Przespolewski, 68mins). Subs not used: Hutchinson, Woodford. Att: 497