Hawks warned of Terras threat

Ben Swallow. Picture: Paul Jacobs (143301-7)
Ben Swallow. Picture: Paul Jacobs (143301-7)
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Lee Bradbury admits the Hawks still have a tough job ahead of them in tonight’s FA Trophy first-round replay against Weymouth at Westleigh Park (7.45pm).

The two sides drew 1-1 at the Bob Lucas Stadium on Saturday – with the Southern League premier division hosts proving they are a tough nut to crack.

Despite having to play for more than an hour with 10-men and falling behind on 60 minutes, the Dorset outfit showed terrific battling qualities to avoid defeat.

With the extra boost of home advantage, the Hawks will once again start as favourites to progress and face Dover Athletic in the round two.

But Bradbury knows his team will have to battle hard to see off the visiting Terras.

‘We still have a lot of hard work to do,’ said the Hawks boss.

‘Weymouth showed they don’t know when to give up and that makes them dangerous.

‘After the first game we certainly won’t be taking them lightly.

‘If we give them half a chance then they will take it.

‘We have to make sure we don’t give them that opportunity.

‘In the first game they only had two shots on goal – one was their goal and the other forced a fantastic save from our goalkeeper.

‘They possess good energy levels and showed they are capable of upping their game if things are not going their way.

‘When they had their defender sent off in the first half it was like showing a red rag to a bull.’

Bradbury will be looking for a much sharper performance from his strikers.

Ben Wright, Bradley Bubb and substitute JJ Hooper all missed good chances to put the tie to bed.

Home goalkeeper Jason Matthews also pulled off a series of good saves but Bradbury felt more goals should have been scored.

In the end it took a top-class save from Hawks goalkeeper Ryan Young deep in stoppage-time to prevent an embarrassing exit.

Now back at Westleigh Park, the home side are boosted by the return of winger Ben Swallow after his one-game suspension.

Swallow was the match-winner in the last round – scoring both goals in a 2-0 win over East Thurrock United.

Bradbury is hoping for more of the same from the Welshman.

‘Ben will give us fresh legs and a different option,’ said the manager.

‘His two goals in the last round can be a good omen and fingers crossed he will be able to do it again.

‘With his pace and ability on the ball, he can cause defenders all sorts of problems.’

Hawks midfielder Perry Ryan is a big doubt for the replay.

The ex-Pompey youngster pulled up in the warm up at the weekend with a back spasm.

Bradbury is expecting another close affair between the two semi-professional sides.

‘Weymouth suggested we are a full-time outfit training five days a week,’ he added.

‘That isn’t true. We train twice a week just like them.

‘A number of our players have other jobs outside football.’

HAWKS (from): Young, Strugnell, Dutton, Harris, Cummings, Stock, Donnelly, Swallow, Ciardini, Bubb, Wright, Hooper, Woodford, Blanchett, Huggins, Wedlake, Mullings, Connell