Hawks hat-trick up for grabs as Bradbury seeks Sutton success

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LEE BRADBURY is urging the Hawks to maintain their passion and desire against Sutton United at Gander Green Lane (3pm).

Consecutive Vanarama National League South wins over Oxford City and Maidenhead United has lifted spirits at Westleigh Park.

Godfrey Poku has scored four goals in two Hawks games since making a loan switch from Woking   Picture: Ian Hargreaves

Godfrey Poku has scored four goals in two Hawks games since making a loan switch from Woking Picture: Ian Hargreaves

Bradbury knows it is only a start and now he wants his team to push on.

‘We need to back up what we have achieved in the last week with another good performance,’ said the boss.

‘The attitude of the players over the last couple of games has been fantastic.

‘That is something that hasn’t always been the case this season.

‘Having secured our first away win in the league at Oxford I want us to collect a few more.

‘It is vital that we go to Sutton with the same attitude that got us that win.

‘We have nothing to fear and their home form hasn’t been fantastic.

‘They beat us at Westleigh Park in the second game of the season and it would be nice to repay the favour.’

A major factor in the improvement shown is the arrival of midfield loanee pair Godfrey Poku and Theo Lewis.

They have given the Hawks an energy that was missing before and Poku has added an extra goal threat.

Poku has scored four goals in his two games and proved a lively attacking threat.

Bradbury is forced to reshuffle in defence as Brian Dutton serves a one-match ban for five yellow cards.

Dan Strugnell is ready to return from injury and is likely to partner young AFC Bournemouth loanee Jake McCarthy in the heart of the defence.

Bradbury has been impressed by the youngster in his short time with the club.

‘Jake has been terrific after having a baptism of fire at Margate,’ he said.

‘He is growing in confidence week in week out and coping well with senior football.

‘The lad competes well, is quick and can play.’

Sutton have introduced a 3G pitch this season but Bradbury believes that won’t be an issue.

The Hawks lost their previous game on an artificial surface 1-0 at Maidstone.

Bradbury believes Sutton’s newly laid pitch is a better and truer surface to play on.

‘We won’t be using the pitch as an excuse,’ said Bradbury.

‘I can take any result as long as I feel the players have done everything they can to win a game of football.

‘It is unacceptable to me if they don’t do that.

‘Every club has a dip in form at some stage and hopefully we have had ours now.

‘Traditionally we have always been slow starters getting stronger as the season goes on.

‘Hopefully that will prove the case again this season.’

Hawks: Young, Medway, Strugnell, McCarthy, Cummings, Stock, Poku, Lewis, Paterson, Morgan, Hayter, Blanchett, Ciardini, Donnelly, Swallow, Azeez, Thomson, Monthe, Mullings