Horndean play host to Hawks as new faces set for bow

Matt Paterson is set to feature for the Hawks tonight. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150246-1)
Matt Paterson is set to feature for the Hawks tonight. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150246-1)
Matt Tubbs netted for the Hawks

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Lee Bradbury is taking his full squad to Five Heads Park tonight as the Hawks open their pre-season programme with a friendly against Horndean (7.45pm).

New signings Adrian Clifton, Lee Molyneaux, Marvin Morgan, Matt Paterson and James Hayter are all expected to appear against the Deans.

Bradbury is looking to give most – if not all – of his players at least 45 minutes ahead of their prestigious home friendly against Pompey next Saturday afternoon.

‘This will be a chance to 
get the ball moving and the legs stretched,’ said the Westleigh Park boss.

‘There won’t be any triallists involved this year because I am happy with the squad I have.

‘All my transfer dealings are done and dusted.

‘That is something I don’t have to worry about any more.

‘The advantage of this is it gives us time to get players bedded in and knowing how each other play.

‘It also means I have a chance to instil in them the way I want us to play this season.’

Horndean manager Dave Carter is pleased to see the Hawks continue the tradition of kicking off their pre-season preparations against his Wessex League premier division side.

‘It is a nice occasion for us and gets a few people in through the turnstiles,’ said the Five Heads Park chief.

‘They have started against us for a few years.

‘And it gives us the added bonus of a bumper gate and a full bar.

‘On the pitch, it is a 
chance for both teams to blow the cobwebs out of their systems.

‘It is a chance for players to get used to kicking a football again after eight to 10 weeks off.

‘The result is irrelevant, although we only lost 2-0 last season!

‘The Hawks will pass the ball around and we get a chance to work at playing without the ball.

‘I will be using pre-season to look at a few different systems for the different styles we will come across when the league matches get under way.’

For Hawks winger Ben Swallow it will be a return to the ground where he made a big impression last season as a triallist.

Bradbury was so 
impressed, the Welsh wide man was instantly offered a deal at Westleigh Park and he could be a key player again this season.