Hawks keen to enjoy home comforts again

Hawks striker Scott Jones
Hawks striker Scott Jones
Steve Hutchings scored late for Moneyfields to earn them a draw. Picture: Ian Hargreaves

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Lee Bradbury has challenged his Hawks to rediscover their home form as they entertain Sutton United in the Skrill South tomorrow (3pm).

The Westleigh Park outfit have lost two of their four home games this season, leaving them 13th in the league table.

In both defeats – against Tonbridge Angels and Hayes & Yeading – the home side paid the price for failing to take their chances.

Another defeat looked on the cards in midweek when the Hawks trailed 2-0 to Whitehawk at half-time before substitute Scott Jones came to the rescue with a second-half double.

Now Bradbury has urged his players to build on that second 45-minute display and replicate the home form they produced in the second half of last season that put the team on the brink of the play-offs.

‘We have had problems at home breaking down opposition defences,’ admitted Bradbury.

‘It doesn’t help when you gift teams early goals so that they have something to defend.

‘We must look to take the desire of our second half at Whitehawk into the game from the start.

‘Our home form after Christmas last year got us to the brink of the play-offs.

‘It is that home form we need to rediscover.’

Following his heroics on Tuesday night, Isle of Wight-based Scott is in contention to start against Sutton.

His two clinical finishes from inside the area are something the Hawks have lacked this season at home.

Jones also went desperately close to claiming a hat-trick and providing an unlikely first away win of the campaign.

The striker has had to bide his time for the opportunity to showcase is capabilities.

But Bradbury admitted he grabbed his chance with both hands and handed him a selection poser.

‘Scott has had to be patient and I had a good talk to him about the situation last week,’ said the boss.

‘When he got his chance in midweek he grabbed it with both hands.

‘He showed just what a good player he can be, scoring two good goals to change the game.

‘I have got good options up front but his goals have put him in the frame for a first start.’

Dennis Oli is back from a groin injury, while Pompey striker Ryan Bird penned a loan deal yesterday.

But it would be harsh on Jones if he lost out.

Sahr Kabba – who also came off the bench and impressed against Whitehawk – is also in the running.

Eddie Hutchinson could give the Hawks an added physical presence in front of the back four, with Bradbury possibly deciding to take Graham Kewley-Graham and Pompey loanee Ashley Harris out of the firing line.

Hawks: Fitzsimons, Newton, Harris E, Strugnell, Blanchett, Hutchinson, Ryan, Ramsey, Jones, Kabba, Ciardini, Smith J, Kewley-Graham, Harris A, Woodford, Monteiro