Hawks tasked to deliver an impressive home run

Ben Swallow hopes to be fit for the Hawks. Picture: Allan Hutchings
Ben Swallow hopes to be fit for the Hawks. Picture: Allan Hutchings
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Lee Bradbury wants the Hawks to start a strong home run with victory against Wealdstone at Westleigh Park tomorrow (3pm).

The team have not done well enough on their own patch this season.

They have won just one of their past five home matches.

Boss Bradbury accepts that form is holding them back in their bid to secure a place in the Vanarama Conference South play-offs.

He is looking for the team to click into gear tomorrow.

‘Time is running out for us to sort out our home form,’ said Bradbury.

‘We have four more home games left to turn it around and pick up the necessary points.

‘Teams have come and made it difficult for us by getting lots of players behind the ball.

‘We have struggled to break them down and must be better.

‘I reckon if we win five of our last eight games we should make it and it is still very much in our own hands.’

Bradbury is looking for a big reaction from his players following their disappointing 2-1 defeat at Weston-super-Mare.

The Hawks gave themselves a mountain to climb, conceding two goals in an abysmal first-half performance.

Although the Hawks showed a lot more desire in the second period, they still came away empty-handed.

Bradbury is optimistic Ed Harris and Ben Swallow can shake off knocks but Alan Connell is definitely out with knee problems.

Nic Ciardini is serving the final game of his eight-match ban but Perry Ryan may return to the squad following a throat infection.

The Hawks have tended to make life difficult for themselves in recent games by consistently conceding the first goal.

Bradbury is hoping that is a trend they can now change.

‘We have been doing it the hard way,’ he said.

‘It is vital we start putting in 90-minute performances and not just play for parts of games.

‘We need to give it everything and start turning the screw.

‘It won’t be easy against Wealdstone because they have the best away record in our league.

‘They have obviously learned how to play away from home.

‘We showed at Boreham Wood, where we went behind after a minute, that we can remain calm and patient.

‘It is important we maintain our belief in the way we play and don’t start hitting long balls forward.

‘We have got the experience in our team to help us through this situation and it is time for those players to stand up and be counted.’

The Hawks go into the game just outside the play-off zone – behind Gosport Borough who have a better goal difference.

But Bradbury is hoping his troops can quickly muscle their way in.

‘It would be nice to go into the final day not having to worry,’ said the Hawks boss.

A win against Wealdstone will be a big step towards achieving that.

Hawks: Young, Strugnell, Harris, Woodford, Dutton, Cummings, Stock, Donnelly, Awford, Swallow, Wright, Bubb, Hooper, Huggins, Mullings, Blanchett, Ryan