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Bradbury fires warning as Hawks eye top spot

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Lee Bradbury felt his attack had too much power for Hayes & Yeading after the Hawks’ 4-1 win yesterday.

Ollie Palmer hit a hat-trick as Bradbury’s men took their unbeaten run to 10 matches and kept alive their outside chance of making the Blue Square Bet South play-offs.

And Hawks boss Bradbury lauded a ruthless away display.

He said: ‘I felt we were too good for them in the attacking half. It was a good team performance and a comprehensive win in the end.

‘The players showed a terrific attitude in difficult conditions and are in a buoyant mood.

‘With the wind and bobbly pitch, it was always going to be a game of two halves and it was pleasing that Ollie Palmer got a hat-trick.

‘After Hayes & Yeading pulled one back, we showed our ruthlessness to go back up to the other end and score straight away.

‘That now puts us within four points of the play-offs.’

The Hawks named an unchanged starting line-up for the fourth consecutive match. And after going close early on, they made their deserved breakthrough on 29 minutes, although there was a touch of good fortune involved.

A foul on Sahr Kabba gave the Hawks a free-kick 25 yards out and the ball was squared to Ramsey.

The midfielder fired in a shot on the run which took a wicked deflection to wrong-foot the home keeper and spin into the net.

The visitors had a let-off on 55 minutes when Daniel Wishart crashed a shot against the top of their bar.

The Hawks doubled their lead on 64 minutes courtesy of a mistake by home keeper Milan Stojsavljevic.

Ramsey’s cross looked harmless but the hapless keeper – under no pressure – let the ball slip through his fingers at the far post.

Palmer was on it in a flash and from the tightest of angles squeezed it home.

On 74 minutes, it was Masters’ turn to blunder and let Hayes back into the game.

The Hawks keeper sent an awful clearance kick straight to Luke Williams who easily hit the ball into the unguarded net.

Within two minutes, though, substitute Kelvin Bossman slid the ball through to Palmer who tucked his shot just inside the far post.

When Alex Grant pulled Collins back in the area, Masters redeemed himself by saving the same player’s spot-kick fired straight at him.

And another Hawks win was wrapped up when Palmer completed his hat-trick in stoppage-time after Bossman squared the ball across to him in front of goal.