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By Henry Deacon (@H_Deaconmedia)

Hawks boss Lee Bradbury was pleased with the battling qualities of the side following yesterday’s 0-0 draw away to Gateshead in The National League.

 

The Heed put plenty of pressure on the Hawks and continued to press for an opener towards the end of the game.

 

Contributions at the back from Jordan Rose, Tyler Cordner, Jack James, Rory Williams and then Dan Strugnell from the bench helped preserve a precious point.

 

And the gaffer is pleased at the way they continued to deal with what Ben Clark’s team were throwing at them.

 

Bradbury said: “It showed a lot of character. To come here and keep a clean sheet and have the best chances in the game is a real positive.

 

“We had three one on ones with the goalkeeper and to be fair to him made some good saves, stood up well and made it hard for the strikers to score. We’re disappointed with that aspect but happy with the point.”

 

The Gaffer was also complimentary of Gateshead and their setup.

 

“There always a big physical team and hard to play against. An open ground, a fantastic ground, but an open one and the wind took a bit of quality out of the game today I think for both teams.

 

“Even though both teams played some decent football at times it was an indifferent game but a battling performance and a really good point on the road which keeps a little mini run going.”

 

Bradbury was pleased with the way that the back four kept resilient and stopped the advances of the Heed as pushed for a late winner.

 

“They were great.” Bradbury added. “It was Jordan’s first 90 minutes in a while; Tyler’s been fantastic for us and Struggs has been excellent.

 

“As a back four and three at times when we changed it was a really good battling performance.”

 

Despite great character at the back, the Hawks boss would like to see more endeavour from his side at the other end of the field against some of the league’s big hitters.

 

“The quality that we had I was a little bit disappointed with, that we didn’t trust each other enough with the ball in and around their box.

 

“We’ve got good footballers that can make a difference and we’ve got to try and do that. We’ve got to be braver on the ball.”

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