Hawks eager for response to Bromley loss

Hawks striker Dennis Oli. Picture: Dave Haines
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Lee Bradbury is calling on Hawks to respond positively after their 2-0 Skrill South defeat at high-flying Bromley.

The Westleigh Park boss is glad to have a quick opportunity to put Saturday’s poor showing behind him.

Hawks host Chelmsford tonight at Westleigh Park (7.45pm) and will be looking to put things right.

Bradbury said: ‘It is good that our next game is coming along so quickly, as it gives us an opportunity to get this out of our system.

‘Chelmsford are struggling so we need to make sure we start the game well and put things right.

‘We will definitely need to pass the ball better and our good playing surface should help us do that.

‘I will have a look at the DVD of the Bromley game and decide if I need to change things.

‘The application and effort couldn’t be faulted but we lacked creativity.’

At Bromley the Hawks rarely looked like threatening to stop the hosts extending their 100-per-cent record at home.

Two goals early in the second half proved enough for the hosts.

‘It was a frustrating day for us,’ said Bradbury.

‘Bromley got the all-important first goal and their second coming quickly afterwards was the nail in the coffin.

‘We didn’t pass the ball as well as we can and because of that we failed to give them any problems.

‘Too many long straight balls played straight into their hands.

‘Their central defenders were big and strong, leaving us fighting for scraps.

‘We have to learn from that.’

Bromley started well but Hawks new-boy Warren Cummings showed his experience to deny them an early chance.

Attacks were few and far between in the opening 45 minutes.

Ashley Nicholls went closest to breaking the deadlock for the hosts.

On 25 minutes, he cut in and sent a shot bouncing off the top of the crossbar, with Hawks goalkeeper Scott Bevan beaten.

Up front for the visitors, Dennis Oli and Sahr Kabba were given little service.

With the Hawks midfield largely anonymous – apart from the industrious Nigel Atangana – the visitors resorted to the long ball forward.

That was never going to get them anywhere.

The game was decided in the first 13 minutes of the second half.

On 52 minutes, Pierre Joseph-Dubois neatly tucked the ball past Bevan after a delightful first-time flick by Jay May on the edge of the area.

The second killer goal, six minutes later, was more unfortunate as Nicholls’ shot from the edge of the area took a double deflection before ending up in the net.

After that the Hawks huffed and puffed but got nowhere as Bromley closed out the victory.

Bradbury will be looking for a far different outcome tonight.

Chelmsford have leaked 15 goals without reply in their past three home games.

Hawks will be expected to pick up the three points, especially after Saturday’s defeat.

Hawks: Bevan, Newton, Cummings, Kewley-Graham (Ryan 70mins), Monteiro, Harris, Nanetti (Ciardini 45mins), Atangana, Oli, Kabba, Ramsey (Jones 63mins).

Att: 425.