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Lee Bradbury pre Harrogate Town

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By Henry Deacon (@H_Deaconmedia)

Havant and Waterlooville manager Lee Bradbury admits that his side need to win all their remaining five games and hope others are to slip up to stay in The National League. 

The Hawks are eight points adrift of Dover in 20th, with just five games of the season remaining with a run of just one win in 11 league games leaving Havant needing snookers to survive. 

But, the message of the gaffer is to stick with the players and that everyone at the club has a role to play to try and keep ourselves in the division for a second season following promotion last term. 

Bradbury admits that a win is a must against a Harrogate side who are chasing the play-offs, but are enduring a run of four games without a win which has put the breaks on their play-off aspirations. 

He said: "We must try and win all five games and rely on other teams to drop points.

"It's not an ideal situation, but one we find ourselves in and meet head on. 

"If we can win our next two games, I know it sounds easy, but if we can then hope that Dover or Boreham Wood lose two and all off a sudden we are two/three points behind them with three games to play. 

"It's an interesting time and it's an all or nothing time for us going into those last five games."

However, the hardest two tests on paper based on league standings seem to be the two games immediate against Harrogate in 6th, and title chasing Solihull Moors in 3rd, but Bradbury feels results against the big teams have to turn and now would be the perfect time to do so. 

"Both teams are in the play-offs, and Solihull away, they have a good record at home, and Harrogate 6th at the moment and looking to cement a place in the play-offs. 

"It'll be two very tough games, and games where most people will expect the opposition to win, but we can thrive on that. 

"We can go in and give it everything for 90/95 minutes and see where that takes us. 

"I'm confident we can get five good performances, but whether that will be enough to keep us in the league only time will tell." 

The target set by the Havant boss to keep the Hawks in The National League is a big one, and would be one which would see us rip up all form books this season. 

"I think we need 13 points, if not the 15.

"We're eight points and nine points behind Dover and Boreham Wood, so they have to pretty much lose three, draw one and win one at the best for us to be able to catch them which would mean we'd have to win all five."

Moving back to the game against Simon Weaver's side, Bradbury expects some good football from the visitors who like to keep the ball on the surface. 

"They're a good footballing side." Bradbury said.

"They're small in the midfield, but play good, expansive football with a big target man upfront which they like to cross to. 

"It's going to be hard work tomorrow because the pitch will be big when they get the ball, but if we can get around the pitch well, condense the space and work hard against them to get some opportunities."

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