Hawks boss relieved to celebrate victory again

Ben Swallow. Picture: Allan Hutchings (150209-454)
Ben Swallow. Picture: Allan Hutchings (150209-454)
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Lee Bradbury was relieved to see the Hawks get their play-off push back on track with a 1-0 win over Farnborough at Westleigh Park.

It was a welcome three points after three games without a win.

But the home side made hard work of it against a disappointing Farnborough outfit.

In the end a deflected Ben Swallow effort on the stroke of half-time proved enough to claim the three points.

But in truth, the relegation-battling visitors should have been buried by more goals.

The hosts dominated the game from start to finish but once again showed their frailties in front of goal.

Bradbury was just happy to see his team get back to winning ways, though.

‘The priority was getting three points and we did that,’ said the Hawks boss.

‘We had the lion’s share of possession and some half-decent chances resulting from some really good play.

‘At the end of the day it is all about winning.

‘We showed a good reaction after a couple of successive defeats and played some good football.

‘They remained stubborn throughout, though, and we had to remain patient.

‘We could have been a bit more clinical in front of goal and should have scored more but I’ll take the three points.’

It was virtually one-way traffic from the start as the Hawks launched wave after wave of attacks in the opening 45 minutes.

Farnborough struggled to get out of their own half with the hosts laying seige to their goal.

When the Hawks finally made the breakthrough – two minutes before the half-time interval – the only surprise was how it had taken them so long.

Swallow had tormented the Farnborough defence down the right and produced a stream of crosses without any finishing touch.

When he got on the ball again on this occasion, he cut in across the face of the area and got away a low shot himself.

Farnborough’s Slovakian keeper Marek Rodak looked to have it covered until a deflection off a defender took it past him.

The goal should have opened the floodgates in the second half but the Hawks failed to press home their clear advantage.

Although totally outplayed, the visitors even went close to snatching a point.

But Hawks keeper Ryan Young was alert enough to dive full stretch to keep a low shot out of the bottom corner of his net.

An equaliser would have been a travesty and any chance Farnborough had, disappeared when they were reduced to 10 men six minutes from the end.

‘We need to be more clinical in front of goal,’ said Bradbury.

‘The win cements our place in the top five and it is an important month coming up.

‘It is a relief to get back to winning ways because we had fallen off in recent weeks.

‘This win hopefully puts us back in the saddle.’

Bradbury is aiming to boost his resources by bringing in a loan player ahead of tomorrow night’s game against St Albans City at Westleigh Park.

Hawks: Young, Strugnell, Cummings, Stock, Dutton, Harris, Swallow (Bubb, 84min), Donnelly (Ryan, 81min), Wright, Hooper, Huggins. Att: 536