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Lee Bradbury pre Braintree Town

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By Henry Deacon (@H_Deaconmedia)

Hawks boss Lee Bradbury is looking ahead to what he feels could be a big game for his side ahead of Braintree’s visit to Westleigh Park tomorrow.


The Hawks lie one point above the bottom four, and seven points above tomorrow’s opponents Braintree Town.


And the gaffer is keen to increase the gap on both Braintree and the bottom four:


“It’s an important game as much as we don’t want them to catch us up any further” – said the gaffer. “We want to keep that distance between us come ten to five.”


“Our home form has been good, especially against teams in the lower half of the table and I think we can increase that trend tomorrow.”


Bradbury believes that a game of this magnitude is crucial to get a big result with a busy Christmas period ahead:


“Potentially it could be very important (tomorrow’s game).


“We have a lot of points to fight for between now and then but this is a big three points to fight for and we have to maximise the opportunity we have here tomorrow.


“We went up there and it was smash and grab, last two minutes scored two goals, we got to make sure that it doesn’t reverse here because football has a weird habit of doing that.”


The gaffer knows the importance of gaining a result tomorrow, despite the one point buffer ahead of the bottom four, the Hawks are a game behind on most of the sides in the National League drop zone:


“We need to take that opportunity to put that space between us (and the bottom four), at least if they win their game in hand we stay above the bottom four and at this stage of the season is a good positive for us.


“We’re in a good place at the moment, apart from a couple of lapses in concentration; at Salford we played well, especially in the second half and I think the scoreline flattered them a little bit, that’s gone now and we’ve got some big games coming up.”


And it is that second half performance at Moor Lane last week which fills the gaffer with confidence ahead of tomorrow’s clash at Westleigh Park:


“The players are in a good place at the moment, both mentally and physically.


“We’re looking strong, getting players back from injury which is great for me as it gives me great options.


“It’s an important period now, with Christmas and New Year period on the horizon, we need to go into it with good form and good attitude and hopefully we can pick up the points.”

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