Hungry Hawks on the road again

Scott Jones. Picture: Dave Haines
Scott Jones. Picture: Dave Haines
Alfie Rutherford. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (181103-1)

Hawks boss makes no apologies for ugly win

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Lee Bradbury insists the Hawks are hungry for more FA Trophy success ahead of their second-round tie at Whitehawk (3pm).

Another win will take them into the last 16 and just three games away from a Wembley cup final.

If the Hawks do progress they will have done it the hard way – after consecutive away draws against fellow Skrill South sides Sutton United and Basingstoke Town.

Being on the road holds no fears for the Hawks, who have already claimed a 2-2 draw at Whitehawk in the league this season.

On that occasion, Bradbury’s team were indebted to two Scott Jones goals as they pegged back a two-goal half-time deficit.

The Hawks boss insists his team and Jones have got stronger since then.

‘Since going on as a substitute in that game, Scott Jones has gone from strength to strength,’ said Bradbury.

‘He has become a regular starter and has got himself among the goals.

‘Having a winger who works as hard as he does gives us another dimension and he will be looking to do the same again.

‘Over our last 13 games we’ve become far more consistent and we will go to Whitehawk looking to win.’

In the league encounter, the Hawks produced probably their worst opening 45 minutes of the season as they were completely outplayed by the Sussex side.

The main problem was in midfield where the visitors were outfought, outmuscled and outplayed.

Bradbury addressed that problem by bringing in Frenchman Nigel Atangana, who is starting to form an effective partnership with Perry Ryan in the middle of the park.

Atangana has been a revelation in recent games and the pair will have a key part to play this weekend.

‘A lot will be resting upon them to do their jobs,’ said Bradbury.

‘We know we have to match them in that area because they do like to pack the midfield.

‘It is important we win the midfield battle and don’t allow them to dictate like they did last time.

‘We are a lot more confident now and have a bit more experience running through the spine of the team.’

Bradbury is without versatile full-back Warren Cummings, who is cup-tied, and winger Christian Nanetti due to hamstring problems.

Striker Sahr Kabba returns from suspension, along with Pedro Monteiro and Jake Newton.

Bradbury added: ‘We have got to go to Whitehawk and produce another professional performance.

‘Recently we have done well defensively – with four clean sheets in our last five games.

‘If we can do that again we know we possess the firepower to hurt them.’

Hawks: Bevan, Newton, Harris, Monteiro, Ciardini, Strugnell, Atangana, Ryan, Kabba, Jones, Oli, Hutchinson, Ramsey,

Kewley-Graham, Woodford, Przespolewski, Noakes