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Following a goalless draw on the opening day away to Chippenham the Hawks look to make home advantage count as Lee Bradbury faces a former rival once in Jamie Howell after he made the summer move from Bognor to Eastbourne Borough and when speaking to the Hawks gaffer after Saturday’s game he was very accommodating towards the capabilities of his opposite number tomorrow night.

But before I asked him on the game, I did ask about whether the opening day draw leaving the Hawks with one win in the last 13 openers concerned in which he replied “no. We lost last year and we won the league, it's one game in so many, we’ll have, if we're successful this year 55 games to play. It was a decent point away from home and the first of many.”

And then onto the match against the Sports I asked him what to expect from Howell’s, saying that “we know a lot about Jamie from his time as Bognor boss, the way he likes to play his football, plays an attractive, play the ball down style of play and I hope we can also do a bit more of that at home. I don't think we played good football Saturday but it was 100 mile an hour opening day of the season. But the important thing was to have kept a clean sheet and tomorrow we will have to try and do that again as he has signed some good players has Jamie (Howell) and have some good footballers that like to play and so it will be a different challenge come Tuesday.”

The Hawks’ first home league game of the season at Westleigh park is tomorrow (Tuesday 8 August) with Kick-off at 19:45. Tickets are Adults for £13, concessions for £9 and if you're a Pompey season ticket holder admission is £5 on production of your season ticket card.

Henry Deacon

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