By Henry Deacon (@H_Deaconmedia)
The Moors were touted as the favourites for relegation at the start of the season but have defied the odds in some with some eyecatching wins including a 5-0 success over Bromley at the weekend.
But Hawks boss Lee Bradbury is relishing the clash against Tim Flower’s Moors side. “They’ve hit some real form recently having won their last three and beating Bromley 5-0 and we know how tough a game that was.
Every game’s a challenge at this level, we’ve showed how competitive we can be here at home without getting too many results and we need to turn those performances into wins sooner rather than later and there’s no better challenge than a team that’s doing really well.”
And the Hawks gaffer will take plenty of confidence out of Tuesday Night’s 2-2 draw with Barnet. “We were well deserved of the point if not a couple more, I think we’re growing in confidence and learning about the league and we’ve defended well set piece wise which is very pleasing and given us the chance to win games at home and hopefully we can start by doing that on Saturday.”
Away from tomorrow afternoon’s game, the Hawks announced yesterday the loan move for Alfie Rutherford. The 20-year-old striker has joined Eastbourne Borough on loan until the New Year with the Hawks gaffer acknowledging Alfie’s need for minutes.
“Alfie was a little bit frustrated, a great player, a great lad but probably needs to play regularly for the next couple of months to get his fitness up and get his confidence up.
He’s stepped up with us the last couple of years, still a young lad and has risen to the challenge and I’m sure he will again.”
And again, the role of the fans will be pivotal in tomorrow’s match with Pompey away to Rochdale in League 1.
“The fans have been brilliant so far this season, coming out in their numbers both home and away which is very pleasing for us the fact that we’ve been getting more than Barnet and when you look at their ground, a fantastic stadium and it had less than 1,000 people in it and we’re getting 1,400/1,500 people every week and even more and if that can continue it can really help us.”
Hawks take on Solihull Moors at Westleigh Park tomorrow, kick-off 3pm. Tickets £16 Adults, £12 Concessions, £6 PFC Season Ticket Holders and £2 Under 16’s.