HAWKS BOSS Lee Bradbury reckons his side will need to be on their mettle after being drawn away to Larkhall Athletic in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup.
Although the Bath-based side play two levels below the Hawks in the south west division of the Southern League, the Westleigh Park boss believes won’t be a straightforward task.
They will be a tough nut to crack at home,Lee Bradbury
In last season’s competition, Larkhall held Gosport Borough to a draw on their home turf before losing the replay at Privett Park.
‘They will be a tough nut to crack at home,’ said Bradbury.
‘They will treat it as their cup final and will be going all out to win it at home.
‘It is an important competition for us and we want to make sure that we progress.
‘Last season we reached the first-round proper and played Preston live on Sky.
‘Financially, it can be very important to a club and last year it enabled us to bring in a few players in the push for the play-offs.’
Gosport will have to wait to know their exact opponents on September 26, after they were drawn at home to either Bideford or Hamworthy.
Assistant manager Mick Catlin said: ‘You have to be pleased with a home tie.
‘We saw what the FA Cup can do for us against Colchester last year.
‘It heightens the profile of the club and puts the players in the shop window.’
Petersfield Town’s reward for knocking out Weymouth is another home tie against either Dorchester Town or Cirencester Town.
AFC Portchester will fancy their chances after being drawn away to fellow Wessex premier opponents Brockenhurst.