Hawks boss to shuffle pack in bid to ground Concord

Dennis Oli  led the line at Gosport Borough on Tuesday night but may be rested at Concord. Picture: Dave Haines
Dennis Oli led the line at Gosport Borough on Tuesday night but may be rested at Concord. Picture: Dave Haines
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Ryan Pennery in action for Gosport Borough against Stratford. Picture: Duncan Shepherd

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Lee Bradbury will once again shuffle his Hawks pack as they head for Concord Rangers in the Skrill South tonight (7.45pm).

It’s the Westleigh Park side’s sixth game in 12 days and the manager has shown he is not afraid to make changes.

After a 1-0 victory at Eastbourne Borough at the weekend, Bradbury made six changes to his starting line-up for Tuesday’s 0-0 draw at Gosport Borough.

‘It is a punishing schedule and circumstances are forcing us into our present strategy,’ he said.

‘If the Gosport game had been a one-off then I probably would have fielded a completely different team.

‘The players did well in their four games last week but it is too much to ask the same players to do it again this week.

‘I have to mix and match to try to get the best out of my squad. We have only been beaten once in our last 20 games and have set a new club record of five consecutive clean sheets.

‘I don’t see why we can’t carry on with this but the only danger is fatigue.

‘Eddie Hutchinson volunteered to go up front at Gosport and did well but ideally I would want to have round pegs for round holes.

‘We are facing a ridiculous amount of games but all we can do is keep going out to win them.’

With the Concord game in mind, Bradbury rested a number of players on Tuesday – which means he can introduce some fresh legs tonight.

Dan Blanchett, Scott Donnelly, Christian Nanetti and Scott Jones can all return but there is a question mark over the fitness of striker Sahr Kabba.

Bradbury boosted his firepower this week by taking AFC Bournemouth striker Aristide Bassele on loan and he made his debut in the second half at Privett Park.

He is likely to figure again and may even be given his first start.

‘Aristide is young, fresh, hungry and will give us energy going forward,’ said Bradbury.

‘That is something we will need in the weeks ahead. He is also big, strong and clever on the ball.’

The home side will be relatively fresh, having not played since their 3-2 home defeat to title-chasing Eastleigh on Saturday.

Rangers are a big side who will threaten the Hawks at set-pieces.

‘Concord are the dark horses,’ said Bradbury.

‘After staying under the radar in the early part of the season they have taken to life in our league like a duck to water.

‘We will need to keep working hard and maintain our resilience.

‘If we can come away with another clean sheet it will be good.’

Hawks: Bevan, Blanchett, Monteiro, Woodford, Newton, Strugnell, Atangana, Ryan, Donnelly, Ciardini, Nanetti, Oli, Jones, Bassele, Cummings, Hutchinson, Przespolewski, Buchel, Ramsey