Hawks lifted by first win as they prepare to face Hayes & Yeading

Manny Monthe climbs highest. Picture: Allan Hutchings
Manny Monthe climbs highest. Picture: Allan Hutchings
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Lee Bradbury will look for the Hawks to add to their first win when they take on Hayes & Yeading in the National League South tonight (7.45pm).

The game is being played at Maidenhead United’s York Road.

It is crucial we repeat our hard work from the Margate game and play as a team again

Lee Bradbury

The Hawks celebrated their first victory on Saturday, beating Margate 2-0, and Bradbury is keen to see his side build on that.

‘Our first win has given the players a lift and it is always nice to get your first points on the board,’ said the boss.

‘It was a deserved win and it means we can go into this game with a more positive feel and outlook.

‘I am looking for us to go and get on the front foot from the start again.

‘It is crucial we repeat our hard work from the Margate game and play as a team again.’

Bradbury may have to reshuffle his side because of injuries.

Central defender Lee Molyneaux is definitely ruled out after going over on his ankle.

Bradbury is waiting on the fitness of experienced midfielder Brian Stock who was forced off with a back injury in the last game.

Brian Dutton will replace Molyneaux and James Hayter could again come in for Stock.

The key to the Hawks first win and clean sheet was their work ethic and organisation at the back.

Non-contract defender Manny Monthe gave the Hawks a physical presence in the heart of the defence and Dutton liked far more assured playing alongside him.

‘Manny is a man mountain and gave us strength and pace at the back,’ said Bradbury.

‘He is still only 20 years old and will get better the more he plays with us.’

Hayes & Yeading will be smarting from a 4-0 defeat at Chelmsford City.

Bradbury is expecting them to be fired up to get back on track.

‘They will be looking to put things right as soon as possible so it will be important that we start well,’ added Bradbury.

Hawks: (from) Young, Strugnell, Monthe, Dutton, Blanchett, Donnelly, Stock, Clifton, Ciardini, Swallow, Paterson, Hayter, Medway, Morgan, Cummings.