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By Henry Deacon (@H_Deaconmedia)

Hawks boss Lee Bradbury believes that the Hawks can play without pressure tomorrow afternoon when we face Ebbsfleet United in The National League. 

Saturday's defeat to Solihull Moors saw Havant relegated back down to The National League South, and despite still being "devastated" by the result, he hopes the players can finish the season on a high in the hope of returning to the fifth tier soon. 

And looking ahead to tomorrow's game against Gary Hill's side, the gaffer is hoping that we can try and put in a performance to be proud off. 

Bradbury said: "Whether you're top of the league or bottom of the league, you should be doing you're best anyway. 

"That's something that I'll always install into my players and it might take the shackles off them, playing with no pressure as such with our fate already sealed. 

"They will be coming here and be trying to win because they obviously want to get into the play-offs being a couple of points off Eastleigh. We're expecting a tough game but one we can win if we can approach it right, and having that pressure of us can help us finish the season high."

Although relegation is still quite raw in the memory, the gaffer reflects on the lessons learnt this season and the steps we need to take going forward.

"I'm obviously really devastated. My job is to get the best out of my players and and we will continue to do that because there is no time to sulk.  

"We want to come as high as we possibly can and that is fourth from bottom. So we need to try and get more points than Aldershot to stay in that position."

Despite the Hawks' outcome, there are still positives to take off this season, an experience which will serve as a learning curve for all at the Football Club. 

"I think it is a brilliant experience for us as a Football Club. It's somewhere which the club wanted to get to. 

"We had a go at it and we fell a little bit short, but I think we have learnt a lot along the way. 

"If we was to return we would come back much better and much more equipt for it. 

"It's a great level and it is something which we will aspire to get back to."

This season's reverse fixture at Stonebridge Road saw the Hawks draw 1-1 after taking the lead early through a goal from Aaron Cosgrave. And it's a point which the gaffer feels could have been made three and will be looking to seek out revenge for it. 

"I thought we had a good game up there that day and we ended up drawing the game, but that's the story of our season being honest. 

"We haven't scored enough goals being honest, and we have let too many in that is a recipe for disaster. 

"So we need to address that in the summer if we want to be competitive in the league we are in next year and have a really good season in The National League South."

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