Havant & Waterlooville have score to settle after 4-0 Bromley defeat

Lee Bradbury is demanding a better start from the Hawks against Bromley for Saturday's Vanarama National League contest at Westleigh Park (3pm).

Thursday, 27th December 2018, 10:53 am
Updated Thursday, 10th January 2019, 10:59 am
The Hawks fought back to earn a point against Eastleigh on Boxing Day. Picture: Sarah Standing (180887-4727)

He is looking for his side to reproduce their second-half display against Eastleigh from the start.

In the derby the Hawks looked dead and buried trailing 2-0, and also missing a penalty.

Not for the first time this season, however, the hosts displayed a dogged refusal to be beaten.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

They fought back to force a draw and might even have pulled off a remarkable win at the end.

Bradbury knows, however, his team can't afford to keep giving opponents a head start in games.

He said: '˜We will need to step up from the start against Bromley because they are another experienced team.

'˜Individuals will need to do their jobs properly and be accountable.

'˜In our first meeting at Bromley they hit us a couple of times early on.

'˜They beat us 4-0 in the end but that was mainly because we were having to chase the game.

'˜It was a game where we actually played well, apart from our defending at set-pieces.

'˜That is an area we have to put right.

'˜If we do that then we will give ourselves every chance of winning the game.

'˜I am sure we will because the players have shown good ability to learn quickly.

'˜They showed in the second half on Boxing Day they are giving it all they have got.

'˜I can't ask for anymore than that.'

The Hawks go into the game with a double incentive to grab the win.

Apart from wanting to turn the tables on the Kent visitors there are another big three points at stake.

A win for Bradbury's side will make sure they don't fall into the relegation zone.

It will be a good boost for them to start 2019 above the bottom four positions.

Experienced defender Paul Robinson remains ruled out by a knee injury.

Key attacking midfielder Wes Fogden is back following a long absence through injury.

His appearance as a second-half substitute in the last game was a welcome sight.

He won the home side their penalty and immediately put the team on the front foot.

Keeping Fogden fit will be so important for the Hawks.

Bradbury added: '˜It was great to have Wes back because he is a player who leads by example.

'˜His enthusiasm is infectious throughout the group and he makes a big difference with his pace.'