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Bradbury: "These 10 games are the biggest in this clubs history"

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By Henry Deacon (@H_Deaconmedia)

Havant and Waterlooville manager Lee Bradbury believes that the final ten games of the season are the biggest in the clubs’ history.


The Hawks find themselves four points adrift of Dover Athletic and safety but will be buoyed by a strong display at home against Leyton Orient last weekend.


Of the last ten games that the Hawks will play, only four of those games are against sides in the top half of the National League table.


However, the most important game is the one next up and on the horizon is a trip to Kent to take on Maidstone United who find themselves 23rdin The National League table.


Despite their position in the table, the gaffer knows that they will fight for every last point, but at the same time can start to rebuild our season with a positive result.


Bradbury said: “It’s a big game for both teams really.


“We’re trying to jump out the bottom four, having just crept in there. Maidstone have been in there for quite a while, not having a great time at the moment, but will be wanting to turn that around.


“We’re coming off the back of a good performance against Leyton Orient, one of our strongest recently and unfortunate not to come out with anything.”


The gaffer wants to use the performance against the O’s as a building block ahead of the trip to John Still’s side and for the remainder of the season.


“We need to make sure that we are going into games and getting the same levels of one another like we did against Leyton Orient.


“We were consistent in that game and therefore competitive for the whole 90 minutes.


“It’s something that we have got better with. I think we’ve grown as the season’s gone on. We lost 4-0 and got battered being honest at Leyton Orient earlier on in the season and that showed on Saturday how far we’ve come being competitive against a good side.


“Hopefully we can continue that and pick some points up as we are now coming into this end of season where the next 10 games are the biggest in this clubs’ history.”


Although the rhetoric is to look at one game at a time, Bradbury is looking at what overall total he feels will be enough to keep the Hawks in The National League next term.


“Obviously we take it one game at a time, because we can only effect the next one.


“We’re going to try and get the three points and be prepared and leave no stone unturned.


“At the same time I’m looking at what we will need to stay in the league. 48/49 points will probably be enough to stay in the league this season.


“A lot of teams have to play each other, but all we can do is control the controllables, and that’s our games and try and get as many points as we can.”


Maidstone have an average crowd of 2,246 throughout the season. The 6thhighest in The National League. The gaffer knows how key a big away support both in numbers and in volume will be as a 12thman on Saturday Afternoon to give us that extra percent.


“Maidstone have a really good following. They get 2,500/3,000 down there sometimes.


“It’s important that we get a good crowd. It’s not far, relatively local for this league and a massive game for both clubs so we just need to make sure that they’re vocal and get behind the Hawks as they usually do.”

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