Hawks looking forward to entertaining clash at Bognor

Steve Ramsey. Pic: Dave Haines
Steve Ramsey. Pic: Dave Haines
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the Hawks are aiming to produce another strong attacking display when they face Bognor at Nyewood Lane tonight (7.45pm).

Lee Bradbury’s team are in good nick after a 6-1 victory against Fareham Town in their previous pre-season outing.

Ryman League premier division Bognor are widely recognised as a good footballing side and the Hawks are ready for what promises to be an entertaining clash.

‘We are looking forward to playing them again – we played them in the FA Trophy last season when we won 4-1,’ said Hawks boss Bradbury.

‘They are a good footballing side who play the game in the right way, passing the ball around well.

‘It should prove to be a good match and a good workout for my lads.’

Bradbury has been delighted by the commitment and hard work put in by his troops so far this summer.

They have taken on some high-quality opposition this summer having faced Pompey, Wycombe, Newport County and Salisbury.

The Hawks boss added: ‘We have played three League Two teams and a National Conference side.

‘Our fitness levels are now very high. And after the match against Fareham Town so is the confidence of the squad.

‘The plan was always to build up fitness levels against very strong opposition before playing lower-rated opposition.

‘We will now attempt to maintain the same high work-rate and concentration and improve on the attacking side of the match.’

Bradbury believes both clubs will benefit from tonight’s game.

It will also help to strengthen the bond between the Hawks and Rocks.

He said: ‘Bognor is a well run club with good connections to our own club and both teams will benefit from tonight’s match.

‘Hopefully a good crowd will turn up to cheer on their respective teams.’

Hawks midfielder Steve Ramsey is recovering well after a toe injury, as is Joe Noakes (knee).

Academy players Charlie Searle, Harry Wedlake and Liam Bradbury, who is no relation to Lee, are all keen to play after impressing recently.

Meanwhile, AFC Portchester entertain Sussex County Football League division two outfit Broadbridge Heath in their final warm-up game of pre-season tonight (7.45pm).

Nathan Kirby is expected to be available for the Wicor Rec side.

However, keeper John Webb is a doubt as he continues his recovery from a knee injury.

Fareham Town are also in action as they host Chichester City (7.45pm).

Matt Parr is hoping to have a strong squad as he gears up for their Wessex League premier division opener against Bemerton Heath Harlequins on Saturday.