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The Hawks return to the road brimming with confidence knowing that they have the best away record in the league, but that’s something Lee Bradbury is also weary off with East Thurrock being the latest visit on the Hawks’ whistlestop tour of the National League South.

 

The gaffer is looking to build on the momentum built on the road saying that “We have been fantastic on the road and we want more of the same, we’ve approached games in the right manner, worked harder than the opposition and ground out some good results with a lot of 1-0’s as well which is a good sign that we are willing to get our noses in front and then hold on and we’ve had that ruthless streak away from home, we obviously need to change that at home. But we need to get this out of the way before a tough game on Tuesday and East Thurrock will be a hard game because they may not have been as good as they were at the start of the season but they will be looking to put it right sooner rather than later.”

 

Lee is also weary of the fact that due to them being mid table exact at 11th, one cannot be 100% sure as to which side they will catch tomorrow afternoon. “They’re very unpredictable, got some good players in their team, the likes of Higgins and Smith who are real goal threats going forwards and they’re a big side as well so set pieces will be a big part of the game as well so we’ll have to make sure we defend properly as well and don’t give away too many fouls and I’m expecting a very tough game and this is a potential banana skin as far as our away form has been fantastic and their home form hasn’t been great but in the game of football as sometimes has a habit of kicking you where it hurts.

 

And it also key that despite the great away record not to rest on their laurals when it comes to their travels. “It’s something we’re proud of (the away record) and I’ve spoke a lot about the attitude and the togetherness of the players and travelling on the coach what a good bunch of lads they are and it’s imperative that we keep it up and we keep the same attitude but the lads relish the challenge and they will continue to do so.”

 

Moving away from Saturday’s game, this week the draw for the FA Trophy saw the Hawks face Dorking Wanderers at Westleigh Park. “I went up to watch them Tuesday and they’re a side in a false position in the league and have some very good players there, some that have been in and around the Conference South so we are expecting a tough game but they will come with the attitude that they have nothing to lose and probably go for it which is always a danger and they beat Leiston 4-1 and as we know from last year Leiston are a very good side.”

 

Henry Deacon

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