New Hawks loanee in line for start

Dan Strugnell during his Bournemouth debut against Rochdale
Dan Strugnell during his Bournemouth debut against Rochdale
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The Hawks draft new AFC Bournemouth loan signing Dan Strugnell straight into their squad for tomorrow’s Blue Square Bet South clash against Bromley at Westleigh Park (3pm).

Centre-back Strugnell, a second-year professional with the League One Cherries, renews his ties with Hawks boss Lee Bradbury.

When Bradbury was Bournemouth manager, he gave the 20-year-old his one and only first-team appearance to date.

Strugnell came on as a substitute in the Cherries’ 1-0 defeat at Rochdale in February, replacing broken leg victim Stephen Purches.

With regular Hawks centre-back Ryan Woodford starting a two-match suspension tomorrow, Strugnell’s arrival is very timely.

Bradbury has also been boosted by Pompey agreeing to extend full-back Dan Butler’s loan for another month.

Butler has played a significant part in the Hawks’ recent revival and Bradbury is keen to retain his services.

With the Hawks unbeaten in their past three games, Bradbury is insisting they keep up the momentum by beating Bromley to climb further up the league.

‘We had a fantastic 4-0 win in our last home game against Dorchester and I am looking for us to carry on from there,’ said Bradbury.

‘It was a result the players deserved for all their hard work and long may that continue.

‘We have shuffled our midfield around and it has given us a more solid look. Steve Ramsey is in a wider position and the three central-midfield players have made us far more difficult to break down.’

Moving Ramsey to a wider position is working for the midfielder, who has started to show signs of his old self in recent weeks.

He is having more of an effect on games by getting into areas where he can deliver the ball into the box.

Ramsey has also got his name on the scoresheet with a series of spot-kicks.

Bradbury took the opportunity to run his eye over Bromley last weekend after the Hawks’ FA Trophy tie at Braintree fell foul of the weather.

He is expecting a tough game from tomorrow’s visitors, who are just one place above the relegation zone.

Bromley possess a pacy threat going forward and work hard for each other all over the pitch.

‘We will have to be organised and make sure we carry everything that we have worked on out on to the pitch,’ said Bradbury.

‘With two consecutive home games in the league, it has to be an opportunity for us.

‘These are a big two games for us and six points from the next two games will lift us higher up the league.’

Hawks: Masters, Butler, Harris, Strugnell, Arthur, Newton, Bailey, Hutchinson, Hamilton-Forbes, Ramsey, Taggart, Moss, Palmer, Jones, Kabba, Nanetti, Hinshelwood, Ryan