Hawks out to avoid another Sholing ‘mishap’

Sahr Kabba Picture: Dave Haines
Sahr Kabba Picture: Dave Haines
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Lee Bradbury is insisting on the Hawks getting it right this time against Sholing in tonight’s Hampshire Senior Cup tie at the Silverlake Stadium (7.45pm).

The Westleigh Park outfit suffered an embarrassing 3-1 defeat against the same opponents in last season’s competition.

A repeat of that would deliver a massive blow to the Hawks’ confidence ahead of their massive FA Trophy tie at Whitehawk at the weekend.

That is something Bradbury is keen to avoid, although has warned his players not to expect an easier ride.

With that in mind, the manager intends to field a near full-strength line-up.

‘Hopefully, we have all learned our lesson from last season and that includes myself,’ said Bradbury.

‘I was partly to blame by making too many changes and paid the price.

‘We have to go and make sure we keep our standards high, which we didn’t do last season.

‘There is no doubt that we will have to be at our best because Sholing have a remarkable home record.

‘They have not been beaten at home in any competition for over two years and have won their last 11 games.’

The Hawks will be without suspended striker Sahr Kabba for the tie.

Winger Christian Nanetti is also missing (hamstring).

Bradbury knows from last season that his team will have to work hard against the Wessex League side who have been together for a few years.

In Lee Wort they also have a striker who has scored lots of goals in recent years and is a real threat.

Confidence is high in the home camp, but the Hawks will be determined not to make the same mistake of underestimating them.

‘We don’t want any more mishaps,’ said Bradbury.

‘Sholing will be confident and it will be important that we knock some of that out of them by starting well.

‘It might take a bit of time but we have to be prepared to work at it for as long as it takes.

‘We did it against Dorchester and that allowed us to play our own football.

‘The Hawks have never won this competition and that is something I would like to change.

‘It would be great for the players to appear in a showcase final at the end of the season.

‘There are a few games to win, though, starting at Sholing before we can consider that.’

Hawks: Bevan, Newton, Harris, Monteiro, Cummings, Ciardini, Atangana, Ryan, Ramsey, Kewley-Graham, Oli, Jones, Przespolewski, Woodford, Strugnell, Case, Hutchinson, Noakes, Blanchett