Managers Office Pre-Horndean
By Henry Deacon (@H_Deaconmedia)
“We’re ticking along nicely” were the words of Lee Bradbury as the Hawks prepare to face Horndean in their latest Pre-Season test at Westleigh Park tomorrow afternoon.
“I’ve been really pleased with the players.” He said. “We’ve had some longer running sessions at Staunton Park and a lot of Football afterwards and on Thursday we had a really good training session, worked hard and we’re starting to ramp it up ahead of our reverse game here against Horndean tomorrow that we will be looking forward to.”
“We are starting to get closer to the start of the season and we’re excited and looking forward to it. We have 4 games left now to start to get through the gears.”
The gaffer feels that the timing of the week break was planned and could provide to be crucial as Pre-Season gets more serious. “I planned It deliberately to have a free week in the middle of it to get the best out of the players tactically and to technically go through a few things after a bit of fitness and now we have a couple of games coming up in which we will, hopefully, have more possession and then our last couple of games against Wycombe and AFC Wimbledon who will probably have more of the ball and we can work on shape off the ball and top up on our fitness as well and it is so far so good.”
And the gaffer feels the schedule of Pre-Season with Wycombe and Wimbledon at the end will help the Hawks slowly ween their way into National League with the Barrow opener a matter of weeks away.
“I think that was the key going into it. We wanted to start pre-season strongly, we go in, work hard and get some good minutes under our belts. I think the Gosport game was great, scored a lot of good goals, had a lot of the ball. The Portsmouth game was more even than I thought it would have been, I felt we performed very well and I think we surprised ourselves amongst other people as well with how we competed with Portsmouth and now going into these couple of games as we hope to get some patterns of play out and moving into the Barrow game as it will be here before we know it.”
Hawks face Horndean tomorrow at Westleigh Park. Kick-off will be at 3pm and admission is £5 for all.