Hawks keen to cash in on Donnelly ‘gold dust’

Scott Donnelly
Scott Donnelly
Gosport have taken a lift from Craig McAllister's leadership. Picture: Keith Woodland

Gosport encouraged ahead of Redditch trip

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Patient Scott Donnelly could finally get his chance to pull on a Hawks shirt in tonight’s Skrill South game against Dorchester Town at the Avenue Stadium.

Attacking-midfielder Donnelly has been with the Hawks for the past five weeks, after making the switch from Farnborough to Westleigh Park.

However, the recent weather problems and the fact he is cup-tied has denied him the chance of getting any game time for his new side.

Remarkably, the visit to Dorchester – if it goes ahead – will be the Hawks’ first league game of 2014.

And Westleigh Park boss Lee Bradbury believes the former Wycombe man can have an important bearing on whether the Hawks finish in the league this season.

‘It has been a frustrating time for Scott and he is desperate to get started,’ said Westleigh Park boss Lee Bradbury.

‘Dorchester gives us a chance to give him some game time at some stage.

‘He has already scored 10 goals from central midfield for Farnborough this season, which is no mean feat.

‘Although he is unable to play in our cup games, he knows he can have an important part to play in our league campaign.

‘We have so many games left to play it will mean everyone of our squad being involved.

‘Scott’s qualities will compliment those of our other midfield players.

‘He has good technique, a lot of experience and his ability to score from midfield can be gold dust for us. The lad has worked hard since coming to us and is champing at the bit to get involved.’

The lack of league games since Christmas has left the Hawks needing to play catch-up in their bid to challenge for the play-offs.

Bradbury’s team are currently 13 points adrift of fifth-placed Sutton United but have five games in hand.

They have eight games in hand over sixth-placed Weston-super-Mare but it is vital they turn the extra games into points on the board.

A win tonight against the team propping up the table would provide the perfect start in that quest.

Bradbury watched Dorchester win at Eastbourne Borough at the weekend and learned a win won’t be a foregone conclusion.

‘They have got a few more experienced players in and look a lot more solid,’ said Bradbury.

‘They worked hard for each other and are prepared to scrap for every point.

‘We have to go there prepared for a tough game.

‘Teams fighting for their lives are always a dangerous proposition.

‘It is crucial that we continue to put in the hard work that has brought us success.

‘My job is to make sure the players keep their feet on the ground after their terrific win over Premier side Aldershot in the FA Trophy.

‘We musn’t allow ourselves to even think about our Trophy semi-final games until this one is over.

‘In a way it is a welcome distraction.’

Bradbury is still without leading scorer Sahr Kabba due to a foot injury.