Lee Bradbury took the positives from injury-hit Hawks’ 0-0 National League South draw at Hayes & Yeading and insisted: On another night we could have won the game.
Visiting boss Bradbury said: ‘We were a bit tentative in the first half but were a lot better after the break.
‘Their goalkeeper won man of the match for four great saves.
‘On another night we could have won the game.
‘We started slowly but that was down to Hayes & Yeading working really hard with new players in with fresh legs.
‘In the second half we passed the ball a lot better and created good opportunities.’
The Hawks travelled to West London without defender Lee Molyneaux and midfielder Brian Stock.
And in a sluggish opening the visitors’ defence struggled to deal with the pacy home attack.
Twice Michael Malcolm went clear only to be denied by saves from Ryan Young.
Matt Paterson put the Hawks’ first chance over the top when maybe he should have done better.
Rhys Morrell-Wiliams screwed another shot wide as Hayes & Yeading continued to create the best chances playing down the slope.
The Hawks showed a big improvement in the second half and home goalkeeper Dan Lincoln denied them all three points.
The home goalkeeper pulled off a succession of good saves to keep the Hawks at bay.
He saved well from Nic Ciardini in the opening minutes of the second period and made further saves from Paterson and Dan Strugnell.
The Hawks did most of the pressing but couldn’t find a way to break the deadlock.
Bradbury added: ‘Nic Ciardini, Harry Medway and Adrian Clifton were all kept out by the goalkeeper.
‘We had some big players missing through injury but the players who came in equipped themselves well.
‘We were solid defensively and it was a good clean sheet away from home.’
HAWKS: Young, Strugnell, Blanchett, Clifton, Dutton, Monthe, Swallow, Donnelly, Paterson, Hayter, Ciardini. Subs: Cummings, Morgan, Medway, Monteiro, Ridge
– KEVIN RICKETTS