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By Henry Deacon (@H_Deaconmedia)


Havant and Waterlooville head to Cressing Road tomorrow afternoon to face Braintree Town in The National League (kick-off 3pm). Both sides go into the game looking to get their first league win of the season in game 5 of the new season.


Despite the Hawks still being in the hunt for a first league win, Lee Bradbury feels the Hawks “deserved to win” a couple of games so far. “We haven’t really got what we deserved at this moment in time. I think that we’ve performed well in spells in matches but not consistently but the two games in which we have been consistent, Boreham Wood and Fylde here we’ve been unfortunate not to win but we should have come away with three points at Dover, disappointing to get beat there and to score 3 goals away from home and not to win is criminal really but it’s done, we have to move on from that which we’ve spoke about and move onto another team that’s promoted last year in Braintree.”


“They’ve had a tough start as well so I think it would be a good measure of where we are at as far as picking up points this year, we’re going away from home and we got a good result the last time we went there albeit both sides are now different. We’re looking forward to it, it’s a hard challenge this year but we knew it was always going to be a difficult challenge and we’re ready to pull our sleeves up and go give everything we have got again and get the three points we deserve.”


But the Hawks manager has been impressed with the lads’ attitude and desire since the start of Pre-Season having climatized to The National League. “I think the lads commitment and hard work has impressed me since they’ve come back. We knew it was going to be a tough challenge and a massive step up in level and I think the lads have appreciated that and have put in the hardwork so that we can go into this league and be competitive and gain good results just like those which we got against Boreham Wood and AFC Fylde.”


And the Hawks boss has been looking at different options ahead of tomorrow’s encounter. “We’ve been looking at different formations in training and different tactics for tomorrow’s game. Every game provides us with a different test and we have to be able to adapt to whatever that different test will be.”


Those decisions will give the gaffer in his mind he hopes a different outcome come 5pm tomorrow. “We just want to get that done (get the first win). The first thing was scoring goals and then going away from home and scoring three and now we want to get what I feel we deserve and that we’ve been hard done by with decisions as well over the past few games with penalties etc both for and against us but it will change.”


“If we keep working as hard as we have and be consistent then I’m convinced we’ll be more than ok in this league this year. We need to just get that first win and I think that will breed a lot more confidence throughout the group knowing that we can kick on. But we’re not fearing anyone, we’re enjoying playing better teams, bigger opposition and massive clubs, bigger crowds and that’s where we want to be. We’ve worked hard to get here and we want to stay here.”

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