Hawks warn title rivals they shall not be moved

Lee Molyneaux
Lee Molyneaux
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THE HAWKS sit proudly at the top of the Ryman League premier division and defender Lee Molyneaux reckons that is where they can stay.

Molyneaux played a key role in the Hawks 2-0 midweek win at Billericay Town which saw the Hawks leapfrog Bognor into pole position.

He believes they are capable of turning the screw at the top.

They will be determined not to relinquish the position now they have got there and will be looking for another victory against Enfield Town at Westleigh Park tomorrow (3pm).

‘We should have been top long before now,’ said Molyneaux.

‘There have been a few games where we have failed to put opponents to bed and that has held us back.

‘Now we are there I don’t see any reason why we can’t stay there for the rest of the season.

‘That is what we must be aiming to do.

‘As players we believe we should be top and none of us are shocked to be there.

‘After the disappointment of last season we are determined to win it and gain automatic promotion.

‘The target is to keep picking up points between now and Christmas which will increase the pressure on our main rivals.

‘I don’t see why we can’t open up quite a gap.’

The Hawks expected a huge backlash from Billericay after beating them 5-0 in the FA Trophy three days earlier.

It was a tough, bruising physical test again but the Hawks stood up to it well.

Manager Lee Bradbury showed great tactical awareness in changing his formation to suit the occasion.

At home he had Ben Swallow and George Barker playing wide.

He realised their threat could be nullified on the poor playing surface at New Lodge and left them on the bench.

Instead he opted for a 5-3-2 formation which contained their hosts.

Two Jason Prior penalties did the rest.

Molyneaux added: ‘Credit for the three points at Billericay has to go to the manager, he changed things and got it spot on.

‘I don’t think people realise just how much hard work the gaffer and his assistant Shaun Gale put in to preparing us as a team.

‘It is as professional as any of the pro clubs I have been at.

‘We are keeping more and more clean sheets and that is down to the organisation and spirit in the squad.

‘It is a close-knit group which means players are prepared to put their bodies on the line.’

A number of players picked up knocks in Essex.

But Bradbury is hopeful they will all be fit for the latest test.

Hawks: Young, Strugnell, Molyneaux, Woodford, Williams, Lewis, Stock Fogden , Swallow, Barker, Prior, Paterson, Robinson, Harris, Rutherford, Hayter