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Lee Bradbury looking ahead to Fylde test

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By Henry Deacon (@H_Deaconmedia)

Havant and Waterlooville manager Lee Bradbury is hoping that his sides foray in the bottom four is short lived as they look to beat their first top seven opposition of the season when we take on Fylde at Mill Farm tomorrow.


The Hawks’ defeat on Saturday twinned with a spell of result going against us saw us head into the bottom four for the first time in a number of weeks.


And the gaffer realises how crucial tomorrow’s game will be in the race to beat the drop with a Hawks win opening up the cut zone to a number of sides.


But, first things first and that’s getting the three points against a Fylde side who haven’t won in the league since last month.


Bradbury said: “They’ll be licking their wounds as well after losing 1-0 to Chesterfield at home, they will be disappointed with that.


“I watched the game back they had lots of chances, but they couldn’t take them and hit the post a couple of times but both teams will be going out to win and it’s the first time we’ve dropped into the bottom four for quite a while so we’re eager to get out of that.”


With one of the league’s most potent and prolific strikers in Danny Rowe in their ranks, the gaffer knows all about the quality they possess, which is why they occupy a play-off spot.


“They’ve got enough quality in the team and they’re going to be there or thereabouts at the end of the season so hopefully their little blip continues because every team has them and hopefully we can stretch that to another game.”


Despite being in a relegation spot, a win tomorrow would not only propel the Hawks away from those places but also create more friction with the sides in and around us.


“Not everyone’s playing tomorrow night so depending on results and our result we can go up a few places and that would be quite nice going into the weekend.


“Once we get this game out the way we face a few teams who are in and around us and they’re the game that are going to tell really and keep us in the league.


“You’ve got to beat the teams in and around you, anything else is a bonus, a win away at Fylde would be an unbelievable win for us, but we are capable of it.”


The gaffer also believes that lessons have been learnt following Saturday’s game and was a harsh reminder to his side that they have to play for the whole duration of the game or face the punishments.


“Against any of the teams to be honest (you have to play for 90 minutes).


“We had a 15-minute spell where we weren’t at the races and Wrexham scored three goals and gave us a real mountain to climb, even though we gave it a go we couldn’t quite break them down enough to get that all important goal to get a point.


“We have to play for 90-minutes, and we have to concentrate.”

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