Hawks target Rams raid to lift spirits

Godfrey Poku. Picture Ian Hargreaves (151856-1)
Godfrey Poku. Picture Ian Hargreaves (151856-1)
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Lee Bradbury is targeting a much-needed confidence boost at Love Lane tonight.

The Hawks boss takes his troops to play a Hampshire Senior Cup tie against Southern League division one central Petersfield Town (7.45pm).

And having watched his Westleigh Park side slip into the National League South relegation zone following three successive defeats, Bradbury knows how important a win could be.

‘We have to put Saturday’s Dartford defeat behind us as soon as possible,’ he said.

‘Despite the result I felt we played well for most of the game.

‘The players showed their battling qualities to claw their way back to 2-2 and I thought we would go on and win it.

‘It was disappointing we didn’t and ended up being beaten again.

‘Not to come away with anything after putting in a shift for 90 minutes was frustrating.’

Centre-back Brian Dutton missed the Dartford game with injury and he will not recover in time for tonight’s tie.

Warren Cummings and Adrian Clifton are also on the treatment table, while Manny Monthe is a doubt with a hamstring strain.

Godfrey Poku is set to play his final game before returning to Woking, while fellow midfield loanee Theo Lewis returns to the squad after his three-match suspension.

‘There will be changes and it will give some players who have not been figuring a chance to claim the shirt,’ said Bradbury.

‘It will be an opportunity for them to display their battling qualities when things are not going so great.

‘We want to win every game we play and a win at Petersfield will give us a welcome boost.’

Petersfield Town also come into the game on the back of three straight defeats in Southern League division one central.

‘To be able to play a competitive game against the Hawks at Love Lane is a huge honour for our club,’ said Rams manager Ian Saunders.

‘They have some top, top players and I’m sure my lads will enjoy going up against them and trying to get the better of them on the night.

‘A club like Havant provides a blueprint for us for what we are trying to do at Petersfield – both on and off the pitch.

‘They have a superb set up which we would love to emulate here one day.

‘The game also gives us some time away from our league schedule.

‘We can put our current poor run of form to one side for the night – before we need to go again strongly over the busy Christmas period.

‘Hopefully it will give us a chance to emulate what we have already done in the cup competitions this season and help us find some form ahead of some crucial games for us in the weeks ahead.’